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Acadiana fire fighters help out in Calcasieu parish

Posted at 9:44 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 07:02:39-04

MOSS BLUFF — As volunteers continue to go to Lake Charles and help with the aftermath from Hurricane Laura, fire fighters from Acadiana are still there.

St. Mary Parish Fire Chief Clarence Clark came to the Lake Charles area as soon as he knew the Ward One Fire Department needed help.

"We have a brotherhood here in the fire service, meaning when one agency is down or needs assistance, we all need assistance," Clark said.

The department asked the State Fire Marshal for help well before Laura hit, knowing they would need assistance.

"It's always easier to deploy than work in your own area, personally to me," Capt. Robby Trahan of the Calcasieu Parish Ward One Fire Department said.

The outside agencies have responded to calls, cooked, and cleaned the stations.

"They've been here since day one. Some of them haven't seen their families, haven't seen their homes, we're able to come and let them start giving their personal time off," Clark said.

In addition to the St. Mary Parish Fire district, the Scott Fire Department, and Central, also answered the call to help.

"It's a very humbling experience because they had to walk away from their homes to come to a disaster area" Trahan said.

The outside fire departments will stay helping ward one fire district for the next two weeks, or as long as they need help,