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Wichita Firefighters Deploying to Help Rescue Efforts

Contact: Battalion Chief Jose Ocadiz |

A contingency of seven Wichita Fire Department firefighters will be deploying the afternoon of Saturday, September 4, to Louisiana to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

The Wichita Fire Department is responding to a call sent on Friday, September 3, requesting 30 engine companies to help with relief efforts. Wichita is sending two engines and a Strike Team leader.

As part of the request through the Kansas Department of Emergency Management (KDEM) from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the two Wichita Fire Department engines will meet up with four engines from Johnson County. They will operate together as an engine company strike team. Their mission will be to provide fire suppression and emergency response support to communities in Louisiana affected by the hurricane.

The Wichita firefighters are expected to be gone roughly 14 days.

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