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Impact of shutdown on Shreveport Fire Department

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The backlash from the government shutdown is reaching all the way to the Shreveport Fire Department. "We had a training session scheduled for this week that had to be canceled. It's a state training that we use for urban search and rescue, when you have disasters like hurricanes and tornados there are teams across the state that practice and train together," Shreveport Fire Department Chief Louis Johnson says. That is just in time for Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf, so if they do have to respond, they may not be as prepared.

Friday, they did go ahead with a fire drill. "It's very intense and you have to experience it in order to really understand it, you can't really explain it, but what prepares every fire fighter to be able to work under those conditions is training," Johnson says.

Unfamiliar territory can be dangerous, so training keeps them safe and aware. "It seems like chaos but it's really organized chaos" Johnson says. Drills like this make these men and women confident and ready to serve Shreveport.

Fire Chief Mulford says, they hope they don't have to. "As we go into those winter months and we start to cool down a little bit, make sure you get your heating unit serviced or inspected. Make sure you have a working smoke detector, contact the Shreveport Fire Department, and we will not only give you one for free, we will come and install it for you" Mulford says.

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