PORTER – Firefighters from the Houston area are helping in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida.
“We are providing emergency services and helping to cover call inflation,” said Captain Brandon Shafer.
Shafer is one of five members of the Porter Fire Department relieving the crews near Houma, about an hour southwest of New Orleans.
“These people have to go home at some point to take care of their personal belongings, their own homes, so they have to make sure that area is covered, too,” Shafer said.
He arrived about a week ago to see the episodes firsthand.
“There’s a lot of devastation,” said Shafer. “There is definitely, almost every house you drive past, there is some form of damage.”
The captain and colleagues work with Bayou Cane firefighters. The mayor is grateful for the additional help.
“When the five engines appeared, it moved some of us to tears because we knew Calvary was here and we knew everything would be fine,” said Ken Himel, Bayou Cane fire chief.
Porter Fire Department – Montgomery County ESD 6 Chief Carter-Johnson said other departments out of Texas are helping too.
“We have about 35 engines or tankers stationed in Louisiana with about 140 employees,” said Johnson.
The current deployment runs for two weeks and could be extended for another week, according to Johnson.
“They came out and helped us a lot in Harvey, so it’s definitely a great opportunity to be helping out in some of the other neighboring states,” Shafer said.
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