Utah Firefighters Dispatched To Louisiana

Utah Firefighters Dispatched To Louisiana

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SALT LAKE CITY (KSL News Services) -- Instead of hiking through the mountains fighting fires, Utah Wildland Firefighters have been dispatched to Louisiana because of their emergency training and rescue skills.

B-L-M Spokesperson Susan Marzec says the Utah firefighters are being used in two man crews to rescue people or recover bodies. “We have several teams; we call them incident management teams that have been sent to help with Katrina and with Rita.”

She says the firefighters get sent all over the country because of their specialized training. “The space shuttle catastrophe we had teams out on that. We’ve had teams out on 9-11. We’ve had teams out in both of these instances.”

Marzec says the teams will stay in Louisiana at least a month and she says there are still enough crews in the state in case of a large fire.

(Copyright 2005 KSL NewsRadio)

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