Louisiana sending firefighters, emergency personnel and search & rescue teams to Florida

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(WVLA) – (9/3/19) As Hurricane Dorian barrels through the Bahamas, Louisiana is gearing up to send more help.

This time, an USAR team is headed to Florida.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said, “more than 100 Louisiana Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) personnel and assets from around the state deploy to Florida to assist with Hurricane Dorian response.”

The USAR representatives who are making this journey include:

  • Task Force 2 (Baton Rouge area)
  • Task Force 3 (Shreveport)
  • Regional Response Team or RRT-3 (River Parishes area)
  • RRT-4 (Lafayette area)
  • RRT-6 (Alexandria area)

According to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, “the USAR unit deploying consists of three 35-member teams each bringing a minimum of two boats and a 21-person Incident Support Team (IST), specializing in disaster deployment operations and logistics.”

There are a lot of K9 teams from Louisiana headed to Florida too.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department said,

“Members of Louisiana Task Force 2 are being activated for Hurricane Dorian. Task Force 2 is made up of firefighters and emergency personnel from Baton Rouge, Zachary, Central and Hammond Fire Departments, along with paramedics from East Baton Rouge EMS. Louisiana Task Force 2 is being requested to assist in swift water and structural collapse rescue if the need arises. The team will leave Baton Rouge Fire Department Headquarters at 11:00 a.m. in route to Jacksonville, Florida, where they will rendezvous with other Louisiana State teams. They will stage there and await further instructions. You are welcomed to come see the team off safely. Please keep them in your thought and prayers as they set out for yet another mission.”

The departure of the Louisiana Urban Search and Rescue teams is scheduled to take place at the State Fire Marshal Headquarters between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

The State Fire Marshal Headquarters is located at 8181 Independence Blvd.

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