On September 2, the City of New Orleans deployed 19 public safety personnel to Florida to help preparations ahead of Hurricane Dorian through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), an interstate mutual aid agreement allowing for states impacted by disaster to request assistance from other states.
“While keeping an eye on the Gulf for our own safety at this height of hurricane season, we also reach out to assist others,” said Collin Arnold, Director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in a press release.
The convoy of 19 members of the Louisiana Task Force-1 Urban Search and Rescue team, included 14 members of the New Orleans Fire Department, and five members of the New Orleans Emergency Medical Services. Joining the convoy was 10 members of the St. Tammany Parish Fire Department. The group left at noon on September 2 and headed for Jacksonville, Fla, where they will receive assignments from the State of Florida. It is likely that they may be used for swift-water rescue operations.
This is only one of several convoys headed to assist other task force teams from across the state. Altogether, more than 100 public safety personnel from across Louisiana, coordinated by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal are on their way to provide assistance in Florida.
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