The massive Hurricane Ida clean up and recovery continues, and will continue for quite some time for portions of southern and southeastern Louisiana.  Many are offering monetary donations to organizations that are doing on site work such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army.  Many other volunteers are bringing in equipment and their expertise to help.

Such is the case as four Lufkin firefighters have been deployed to Louisiana to provide additional manpower to Hurricane Ida-ravaged areas. Assistant Fire Chief Ryan Watson, Lieutenant Justin Murray and Firefighters Joe Clark and Bret Due left for Louisiana on Engine 3 Monday, August 30 after being activated by the Texas Intrastate Mutual Aid System. The men comprise one of six Texas engine strike teams sent to the state.

Earlier this week they underwent training and assisted with supply distribution in Baton Rouge. Thursday, they were sent to Jean Lafitte, which is south of New Orleans, to relieve volunteer firefighters at multiple fire grounds in the area.

“The area we’ve been sent to was just to the right of the storm’s eyewall and there is significant wind and flood damage,” Watson said. “We are here to support the local volunteer fire department in their mission to protect  lives and property as well as humanitarian work in cleaning up some of the local government facilities.”

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The crew is scheduled to return to Lufkin at the end of next week.  Please keep these firefighters as well as everyone affected by this devastating hurricane in your thoughts and prayers.

LFD Helping victims of Hurricane Ida