Hurricane Katrina: Responders Advised To Not Self-Dispatch to Louisiana

Fairfax, VA – New Orleans officials are reporting that 150-200 firefighters are self-dispatching daily to the city and surrounding areas. There are currently 1,000 firefighters at the staging area in Algiers. They are set up for 500 and can not logistically support additional personnel. Please do not self-dispatch to Louisiana.

“We know you would like to be helpful, but we are creating our own problems. We ask that if you want to be of assistance, please work through your state emergency management agency,” said Chief Bill Killen, president of the IAFC.

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