Fire engine tied to La., N.Y. returns home - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fire engine tied to La., N.Y. returns home

(SOURCE: WAFB) (SOURCE: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) -

The "Spirit of Louisiana" fire truck is returning home, as it was dispatched this afternoon by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office to Long Island, N.Y. to support public safety efforts there in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The "Spirit of Louisiana" has a long history of helping out in times of need. After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the Official Fire Department City of New York (FDNY) needed to replace its fire equipment, and Louisiana citizens stepped in to fund the project. The first fire engine that was commissioned was dubbed the "Spirit of Louisiana." It was built to City of New York specifications and was delivered in December 2001.

After arriving in New York, the "Spirit of Louisiana" was used for years in firefighting efforts. Then, after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the FDNY dispatched 300 firefighters to assist Louisiana in its recovery and response efforts. The "Spirit of Louisiana" was also loaned to the City of New Orleans, which had lost many fire engines in the storm. The "Spirit of Louisiana" served New Orleans until it was decommissioned in 2010.

Since then, Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning and Chris Ferrara, President of Ferrara Fire Apparatus, worked with the New Orleans Fire Department Fire Chief Charles Parent to have the truck completely refurbished and transferred to the State Fire Marshal's Office to be preserved and ready for future disasters. 

The State of Louisiana recently received a request for support from the State of New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The request was for emergency assistance to the City of Long Beach Fire Department due to damage to the department's fire apparatus. The "Spirit of Louisiana" is now on its way to Long Island, N.Y. to assist in fire emergencies.

"We are proud to be of help to our friends in New York, as we have built such a family since 9/11. This fire truck was and continues to be our hands on the healing process," said Fire Marshal Browning.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Hometown Hero - Edward Wilcox

    Sunday, July 23 2017 11:42 AM EDT2017-07-23 15:42:03 GMT
    Ed WilcoxEd Wilcox

    A DeQuincy businessman has the distinction of being one of the first National Guard members to represent his town. It had been five years since World War II and Ed Wilcox found himself serving his country in the National Guard. Wilcox was too young to serve in the war, but felt the guard could keep him trained.

    More >>

    A DeQuincy businessman has the distinction of being one of the first National Guard members to represent his town. It had been five years since World War II and Ed Wilcox found himself serving his country in the National Guard. Wilcox was too young to serve in the war, but felt the guard could keep him trained.

    More >>
  • UPDATE: Suspects in Broad Street homicide arrested

    UPDATE: Suspects in Broad Street homicide arrested

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:54 AM EDT2017-07-23 14:54:38 GMT
    Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Three suspects in a homicide at an RV park on Broad Street Saturday morning have been arrested, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. LCPD responded to a 911 call in reference to an armed robbery and shooting at the Twelve Palms RV Park around 6 a.m. Saturday, July 22. 

    More >>

    Three suspects in a homicide at an RV park on Broad Street Saturday morning have been arrested, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. LCPD responded to a 911 call in reference to an armed robbery and shooting at the Twelve Palms RV Park around 6 a.m. Saturday, July 22. 

    More >>
  • LCPD holds recruitment day to hire 17 more officers

    LCPD holds recruitment day to hire 17 more officers

    Saturday, July 22 2017 9:48 PM EDT2017-07-23 01:48:50 GMT

    Dozens of law enforcement applicants poured into the Lake Charles Civic Center Saturday morning to see if they have what it takes to become a Lake Charles Police Officer. Applicants who turned out Saturday endured a number of health and psychological screenings. 

    More >>

    Dozens of law enforcement applicants poured into the Lake Charles Civic Center Saturday morning to see if they have what it takes to become a Lake Charles Police Officer. Applicants who turned out Saturday endured a number of health and psychological screenings. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly