Ohio first responders are deployed to Ida in Louisiana

OHIO – Several Ohio first responders are either in Louisiana or on their way down to help with the rescue effort after Ida’s landfall.

What you need to know

  • Ohio Task Force 1 was deployed to Lafayette, LA, over the weekend and moved to New Orleans early Monday morning
  • The 45-strong team will help with water rescues and dog searches
  • The Butler County Sheriff’s Office also sent 20 MPs and other supplies to aid the crews in Baton Rouge, La.

A 45-person team from Ohio Task Force 1 was in the Lafayette, La., Area over the weekend. This team helps with water rescue and dog searches. The team was officially deployed to New Orleans early Monday morning.

“The team, along with three other FEMA teams who had staged overnight in the Lafayette area, left around 5:00 am and are being relocated to Jefferson Parish, which also includes New Orleans, to attend the No More Really Specific Details We expect very little communication with the team today as they begin ramping up the field mission, “Ohio Task Force 1 wrote on their Facebook page.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatched a team to Baton Rouge, La, on Monday morning.

Twenty MPs, eight vehicles, four boats, and an ERS truck are also being made available for search operations, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The deputies will be on duty for 16 days.

“Our education and community service extend well beyond Butler County’s borders. If we are called to serve other agencies in a time of crisis, we will not hesitate to answer that call,” Sheriff Richard Jones wrote in a press release.

Ida hit near Port Fourchon, LA on Sunday as one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the state. It came as a Category 4 hurricane and was eventually downgraded to a tropical storm early Monday morning. The storm also struck on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago.

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