Ohio Task Force 1 moved to help near New Orleans


LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (WJW) – Ohio Task Force 1 was being moved Monday to Jefferson Parish, which includes New Orleans, to start work.

The team arrived in Lafayette Saturday to ride out Hurricane Ida.

The search and rescue team spent the time preparing before getting the call.

“This is the type of rescue work the team trains for year-round,” said Public Information Officer Phil Sinewe.

FEMA activated search and rescue teams across the country ahead of the storm’s arrival.

“Our team has a very capable water rescue team, medical specialists, structural specialists, and very experienced canine search teams. Ohio should be proud of the contingent we are injecting into this rescue effort,” Sinewe said.

The team was deployed after the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina.

Ohio Task Force 1 said three other FEMA teams were also being activated for Jefferson Parish Monday morning.

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