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Gonzales Helps to Provide Regional Relief

The City of Gonzales Fire/Rescue Department played an active role in the response and recovery to both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The department immediately dispatched its rescue boat and manpower to be a part of a Task Force led by Louisiana State University Fire and Emergency Training Institute’s Urban Search And Rescue Team. Our personnel made water rescues in the Greater New Orleans Area as well as Urban Search and Rescue operations in St. Tammany Parish. In addition, groups worked under the command of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association to successfully rescue over 4000 people off of rooftops and from attics in the City of New Orleans. Gonzales Paramedics responded with Sheriff Jeff Wiley’s Task Force to provide Advanced Life Support to stranded retirement home residents in lower Orleans Parish. In addition, Gonzales Fire Department became a large staging and housing complex for the men and women of those agencies responding to the disaster areas. Several fire departments responded from miles away to help, and their contributions were monumental in saving many lives. The City of Gonzales would like to give a very special thanks to our adopted Cities of New York and Orange Beach, AL who came to our rescue. Chief Howard of Orange Beach Fire/Rescue sent a staffed medical unit to assist us here in the city, and the F.D.N.Y. sent 300 personnel to assist in the Greater New Orleans Area and several worked here in Gonzales. Gonzales Fire Department is currently active in the recovery from hurricane Rita. We have personnel assisting in the cleanup and recovery effort in Westlake, LA.


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