SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday a 46-member Urban Search and Rescue Team and the required mission equipment will deploy to Louisiana to aid with water rescues caused by life threatening flash flooding and dangerous storm surges caused by Hurricane Ida.
The first responders hail from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) IL-Task Force 1 from northern Illinois and are made up of members from various fire departments throughout the state. The team will be deployed to the affected area for 16 days.
The MABAS team departed Monday morning from Wheeling after receiving event identification, mission and safety briefings and mobilization assistance. All costs associated with these deployments will be paid for by Louisiana.
Illinois, and its public safety agencies, stand ready to provide assistance in response to further EMAC requests as the Gulf Coast and southern states responds to the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.