As Hurricane Michael strengthens in the Gulf, New Orleans EMS prepares to deploy five medics following a request from the state of Florida for Urban Search and Rescue personnel. Altogether, Louisiana is sending 90 Task Force-1 first responders who are experts in specialized rescue techniques such as structural collapse search and rescue as well as swift water and floodwater rescue.
New Orleans EMS recently welcomed home five Task Force-1 medics on September 27 after being deployed to South Carolina for 16 days during the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Those medics, along with personnel from SC fire departments, SC task force teams and teams from Tennessee and Louisiana performed 14 technical water rescues, 648 evacuations by boat, 107 animal rescues.
"We are very proud of our medics," states Carl Flores, Chief of EMS. "These are some of our most talented and skilled medics. They have trained countless hours preparing for an event like this. After our remarkable response to the flooding in South Carolina, I am confident our first responders will be a great asset to our brothers and sisters in Florida. I encourage those who are in the path of Hurricane Michael to heed the warnings of local officials and look forward to the return of our local responders."
The five New Orleans EMS medics are making final preparations tonight and planning to deploy to Florida early Wednesday morning.