BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Hurricane Ian’s destructive path through Florida and the Carolinas during the last week of September resulted in at least 110 deaths, thousands of power outages, and an untold number of devastated homes.

As residents of Louisiana watched their neighbors to the east face the natural disaster, many couldn’t help but recall their own experiences with severe weather when Louisiana reeled under the impacts of Hurricane Ida, Hurricane Katrina, and the Great Flood of 2016.

Now that volunteers from across the nation are collaborating to help survivors of Hurricane Ian, it’s no surprise that people who can relate to what Floridians and Carolinians are experiencing have been among the first to extend a helping hand.

These include a number of firefighters and deputies from the Baton Rouge area.

According to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (LSFM), as of Wednesday, October 5, LSFM has dispatched an 11-person team to Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

The team is assisting with several recovery operations, including:

  • Management of the Fort Myers Beach Fire District
  • Oversight of a Base of Operations linked to the Lee county EOC Fire Branch
  • Infrastructure assessments on Sanibel Island in partnership with a Texas A&M Task Force

Those included on the 11-person team include representatives from the St. George Fire Department, Baton Rouge Fire Department, Governor John Bel Edwards’ Office, and the Louisiana Governor’s Office of homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

According to the LSFM, the team currently expects to remain in Fort Myers until about October 12.