Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 shortly after midnight on Thursday, August 27. Peak wind gusts of 150 mph were recorded as the storm’s eye came ashore near Lake Charles, Louisiana. It prompted a storm surge warning to be issued for parts of the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Many Texans in the path of Hurricane Laura were evacuated to Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio ahead of the storm.
Members of the Helotes Fire Department answered the call early Thursday morning to help our Texas coast neighbors. The team accepted the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) mission to provide needed support in southeastern Texas during the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. During the all-hazards mitigation operation, the Helotes crew will help with debris removal, hazard control, and answer emergency calls for local departments who may be unable to respond quickly due to damage.
This is not the first time that Helotes Fire has jumped into action to help after a disaster. In 2017, a similar crew ventured to Refugio, Texas to offer aid and cleanup assistance after Hurricane Harvey battered the area. “Helotes takes pride in helping those in need. We are happy to help fellow departments and their residents after the storm,” shared Helotes Fire Chief, Scott Moreland.
Helotes Fire Department team members pictured from left to right: Firefighter/Paramedic Jessica Marrone, Captain Jack Quipp, and Engineer/Paramedic AJ Fribourg.