Local Fire Departments Join Forces in Rescue Operation

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Submitted by Charles Mondrick, Deputy Chief, Central Fire Dept.
    On Friday night May 4, 2012 Central Fire Department, Livingston Parish Fire District 5 and the Baton Rouge Police Department's Aviation Division helicopter team upped to perform a rescue on the Amite River.  Livingston Parish Fire District 5 received the first call at approximately 9:00 pm and quickly requested the assistance of the Central Fire Department.  A unified command post was established behind Lafleur's at Magnolia Bridge Rd. and the Amite River.  Emergency personnel were told that two campers were at an unknown location on the Amite River between Magnolia Bridge Rd. and Florida Blvd. and one of the campers was in distress.
    Central and Livingston firefighters immediately proceeded south in the Amite River from Magnolia Bridge Rd. in the Central Fire Department boat and the command post requested the assistance of the BRPD helicopter.  The BRPD helicopter quickly located the campers and also located a safe location to land near the stranded campers.  It quickly became apparent that the medical condition of the camper in distress had deteriorated to the point that rescue by boat was not an option so the BRPD helicopter pilot flew him to the command post while the second BRPD officer waited at the remote location with the second camper.  The second camper was transported to a near by river landing by the rescue boat and the distressed camper was transported to a local hospital by Acadian Ambulance.

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