Lafayette firefighter aids in East Coast hurricane

Preparation for Hurricane Florence is taking place and a Lafayette Firefighter has found himself in the action

Posted: Sep. 12, 2018 6:44 PM
Updated: Sep. 14, 2018 5:33 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Preparation for Hurricane Florence is taking place and a Lafayette Firefighter has found himself in the action.

Lafayette Fire Department's Captain Toby Frost is aiding the East Coast as it prepares for Hurricane Florence. 

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Frost is a hazmat specialist for LFD and the Indiana Task Force. While deployed, he will be traveling with search and rescue teams and properly disposing hazardous waste.

Fire Chief Richard Doyle said the experience Frost will gain is beneficial to Lafayette.

"When he returns with two weeks of experience in the midst of a distaster of a hurricane and doing what they're gonna ask him to do, that skill set comes back to us," said Doyle.

Doyle says the typical deployment is two weeks but depending on the effect of the storm, Frost could stay longer.

LFD having one less firefighter on duty can become costly. FEMA deployed Frost and according to Doyle, the organization will be compensating LFD while he is away.

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