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.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department