Local Firemen Deploy for Search & Rescue - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Local Firemen Deploy for Search & Rescue

This afternoon, twelve firemen deployed from this region's Urban Search & Rescue Team (USAR) at the request of State Fire Marshal Butch Browning.  Their deployment is to Tangipohoa Parish, who are in the midst of a dam crisis that could see 17-feet of water released affecting over 33,000 residents of Amite, Kentwood and surrounding areas.


Five firemen each from the Pineville and Alexandria Fire Departments, and two firemen from Natchitoches, make up the team headed south.  They left with boats and equipment in tow, to begin an immediate assist to Parish officials upon arrival.


Pineville Fire Department is home to the USAR Task Force for Region 6.  Covering 10-Parishes, this group of Pineville Firemen trains and certifies over 100 other firemen in seven categories including trench rescue, close confinement rescue, structural collapse rescue, high angle rescue, dive rescue & recovery, hazmat technicians and wild land search & rescue.

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