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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Local firefighters answering the call to help

Local firefighters answering the call to help

Local firefighters, four from Lafourche Parish Fire District #3, and three from Houma Fire District, have deployed to South Carolina to assist with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

These firefighters are members of the RRT3, (Regional Response Team 3), which falls under the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.

These four LPFD #3 firefighters are members of a group of dedicated and highly trained individuals. Their training includes high angle rope rescue, vehicle extrication, hazmat tech, rope rescue tech, confined space rescue tech, structural collapse rescue tech, surface water rescue tech, wide area search, and many other disciplines not listed.

They are currently on a Structural Collapse Search & Rescue assignment.

They are prepared to perform the following facets involved in the Structural Collapse discipline: shoring of unstable structures, breaching and breaking of various types of building materials, lifting and moving of rubble, heavy equipment operation, flanking and look out for search K-9s and K-9 handlers, searching homes, and freeing trapped victims.

Pictured, left to right are Ryan Collins, Lafourche Fire District 3; Randal Swalley, Houma Fire Department; Blake Estevez, Houma Fire Department; Myles Rousse, Lafourche Fire District 3; Bobby Wescovich, Lafourche Fire District 3; Ryan Pitre, Lafourche Fire District 3; and Jake Allemand, Houma Fire Department.