Ohio Task Force 1 helps with search, rescue efforts in response to Hurricane Ida
LAFEYETTE, La. (WXIX) - Ohio Task Force One arrived in Louisiana Saturday afternoon to help with search and rescue efforts due to Hurricane Ida.
TF1 will ride out the storm in Lafayette and move into action when requested.
PIO Phil Sinewe said the team went to work immediately.
“Ida has all indications of being a powerful storm,” he said. “This is the type of rescue work the team trains for year-round. Our team has a very capable water rescue team, medical specialists, structural specialists, and very experienced canine search teams. Ohio should be proud of the contingent we are injecting into this rescue effort.”
Jeff Newman with the task force says that they got their boats ready because they anticipated for the rain to fall when they woke up this morning.
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They broke their teams into two quick response forces.
“They are able to respond as a team with a built-in safety factor so they can work and make sure they are operating safely. It also gives us an ability to do a lot of work with the groups,” Newman said.
According to our sister station in KSLA, Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday morning and is considered a category four storm with the possibility intensifying.
The National Hurricane Center states that the hurricane will produce heavy rainfall Sunday into Monday across the Gulf Coast resulting in significant flooding.
Hurricane-force winds and damaging winds are expected throughout Southeastern Louisiana and metropolitan New Orleans.
In addition to the help of the Ohio Task Force One, the Colerain Fire Department deployed a couple of members to help with the rescue and safety efforts.
“Its great to know we are getting support from home with everybody sending messages and contacting us from back there in Ohio and all the departments that we represent down here and that what we do,” Newman said.
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