BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) –A Louisiana response team is heading to South Carolina to help the state prepare for Hurricane Dorian.
The 10-member Incident Support Team left Baton Rouge on Sunday. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards approved the deployment at South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s request. The group includes state fire marshal staff and emergency services partners.
“Once again, our state is being recognized for the exceptional assistance we can provide in times of emergency,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning, “We are proud to be able to help another state in their potential time of need and hope to supplement the already strong emergency response system the South Carolina State Fire Marshal’s Office has in place.”
Seven ambulance teams with a total of 35 units and 80 personnel arrived in Florida Saturday as emergency officials there prepare for this dangerous system.
The Governor’s Office for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness sent the crews to South Carolina in accordance with a state-to-state disaster aid program. The Emergency Management Assistance Compact lets states send personnel, equipment and commodities across state lines during urgent circumstances.