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FEMA Deploys Los Angeles Firefighters to 'Gustav'

Saturday, August 30, 2008 |

LAFD - FEMA California Task Force 1. Click to learn more...Pursuant of a formal request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the Los Angeles Fire Department has deployed 28 members of the LAFD staffed FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team, California Task Force 1 (CA-TF 1) to Houston, Texas as part of FEMA's mobilization to the Gulf States in preparation for Hurricane Gustav.

These specially trained, certified and equipped members of the Los Angeles Fire Department will be traveling 1500+ miles by ground to the Houston area, where they are expected to arrive within 36 hours.



The men and women of the LAFD ask motorists to remain watchful for these and other convoys of emergency apparatus being deployed in advance of the storm, and to be mindful of the space necessary for them to safely maneuver on local roads and highways.

Pursuant of protocol, official public and media information regarding these LAFD USAR personnel *during deployment* will be provided by or through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services and their designated representatives.

(video)


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

4 comments:

Mark said...

Hi Brian,

In listening to news stories about Gustav in our area, it sounds like a lot of personnel and equipment are heading to the Gulf area. The Portland Red Cross has sent numerous people down there also, but it sounds like Red Cross people fly down. Curious if the LAFD personnel are driving due to taking apparatus with them, and if so, I was curious what type of apparatus.

Stay safe,

Mark,
Portland, OR

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mark,

Thanks for the note, and our kudos to the staff and volunteers of the American Red Cross, including those from the Oregon Trail Chapter who have put aside their own needs to help prepare the Gulf States for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav.

Like the American Red Cross, the men and women of the LAFD - in our case mobilized by FEMA through our Governor's Office of Emergency Services, are given orders to use the most efficient (time, cost, capability) travel options for a given situation.

In some cases this involves scheduled commercial aircraft, while at other times it involves charter buses, special department vehicles or even military aircraft. It truly is situation dependent.

At this Saturday morning's deployment, the decision was made by FEMA-OES to drive with a complement of 18 motorized vehicles (some trailered) to the primary point of assembly in Houston, Texas to await further orders.

As seen at the 38 second mark on this video, the current LAFD response consisted largely of large cargo trucks, a semi-trailer and several pick-up trucks and passenger vans.

The conventional LAFD 'apparatus' (Fire Engine, Aerial Ladder Truck, Ambulance) that serves our community's emergency needs on a daily basis is not appropriate for a FEMA-USAR Task Force response and is therefore not normally deployed.

Oh... and that classic red Ford Mustang seen early in that video?

It is the pride and joy of one of our responding Firefighters, and the did not make the journey to the gulf.

I hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Mark said...

Brian,

Thanks for the speedy reply, and yes, my question was answered. (I missed the video link, or I wouldn't have asked the question).

The video does cause me to ask another question...Is Asst. Chief Tim Manning related to retire Chief Donald Manning?

Thanks again,

Mark,
Portland, OR

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mark,

You are welcome. LAFD Assistant Chiefs Tim and Terry Manning are indeed the sons of retired Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Engineer Donald O. Manning.

We appreciate your continued interest and support of the Los Angeles Fire Department.


Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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