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State Fire Marshal’s Office headed to Florida ahead of Michael

Posted at 10:05 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 23:15:13-04

With Hurricane Michael getting closer to the Florida panhandle, Louisiana firefighters are getting ready to assist with the recovery effort.

Tuesday, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is coordinating the effort after receiving an EMAC (Emergency Management Assistance Compact) request from the State of Florida. A 90-person convoy will leave Wednesday morning bringing search and rescue equipment to impacted areas.

Spokesman Butch Browning says the equipment will allow personnel to open doors, lift walls, breach minor collapses, and perform water rescues.

Once the storm passes, officials say, “they will immediately work under the command of Florida officials.” They are expecting to be in Florida for 2 to 3 days after the storm.