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Nashville Fire Department Deploys to Louisiana for Hurricane Laura

Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

Teams from Nashville and Middle Tennessee will leave for Louisiana Thursday.

The Nashville Fire Department will join with other agencies from Middle Tennessee and deploy to Louisiana to aid in search and rescue efforts following Hurricane Laura’s landfall, on Thursday August 27, 2020.

Hurricane Laura is forecasted to make landfall as a Category 4 storm along the Texas-Louisiana Border on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

This Tennessee Task Force 2 (TNTF2) deployment comes at the request of FEMA and is a function of The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). EMAC is a mutual aid agreement among states and territories of the United States. It enables states to share resources during natural and man-made disasters, including terrorism.

Members of the Nashville Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team, Nashville Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team and a Nashvlle Fire Department Medic Unit will deploy to Louisiana along with personnel from the Metro Nashville Police Department, Metro Nashville Public Works, Williamson County Communications, Brentwood Fire Department, Franklin Fire Department and Murfreesboro Fire Department.

“We are watching along with the rest of the country the approach of Hurricane Laura toward the Gulf Coast,” Director Chief William Swann said. “TEMA let us know our specialized Swift Water Rescue teams and USAR teams would be needed and as always we did not hesitate to do all we can to help people impacted by this powerful storm.”

Chief Swann continued, “When we were hit by the deadly March tornado we had help from across the country in the aftermath. We are glad to offer the same support to our neighbors in the path of this storm.”

The team of 36 will take with them multiple tools and equipment to use during response efforts.