Firefighters Assisting with Rescue Efforts in Mississippi

A number of local firefighters with specialized training in search and rescue left the coast Monday evening to assist with rescue efforts in tornado-stricken Louisville (MS), reports (

Gautier Fire Chief Robert Jones said two of his firefighters — Capt. Vance Cochran and Firefighter Josh Latch — left Monday evening as part of Task Force 3, along with five firefighters from Pascagoula, two from Ocean Springs, six from Biloxi and others from across the coastal counties — more than 50 total.

The two firefighters from Ocean Springs were Battalion Chiefs David Fisher and Richard Mays, while Pascagoula sent Capt. Kirk Harbin, Capt. Troy Whitmore, Lt. Wade Johnson, Lt. Jayson Butler and Firefighter Brett Dodson.

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