KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five Kansas fire departments are providing personnel and equipment to provide aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, according to a release from the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Saturday, 23 personnel from the Johnson County, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe and Wichita fire departments left for Louisiana where they will be based out of Thibodaux.
Crews will be deployed for 16 total days — spending 14 on the ground working 48-hour shifts out of a fire station and 48-hour shifts in the base camp.
The aid is being coordinated by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, Office of the State Fire Marshal and Kansas Forest Service as a way to fulfill an Emergency Management Assistance Compact, "a multistate agreement that allows states to send government aid to other states in emergency situations," according to the release.
The personnel and equipment breakdown is as follows:
Wichita Fire Department: two Type 1 engines, one command vehicle and seven personnel
Leawood Fire Department: one Type 1 engine and four personnel
Lenexa Fire Department: one Type 1 engine and four personnel
Johnson County Consolidated Fire District 2: one Type 1 engine and four personnel
Olathe Fire Department: one Type 1 engine and four personnel