9/1/2021 11:18:34 AM
MDWFP SRT deployed to assist in Hurricane Ida search and rescue.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Special Response Team (SRT) was deployed to McHenry Shooting Facility and Paul B Johnson State Park in preparation for response efforts to Hurricane Ida. The SRT is a unit of 40 officers and support staff that constantly train to effectively perform search and rescue efforts during natural disasters.
Over the past 64 hours, MDWFP SRT served as the primary agency coordinating with the MS Department of Homeland Security and the MS Emergency Management Agency for search and rescue during and after the storm. “Search and rescue is a task that this unit is uniquely trained and qualified for,” said Captain Steven Westerfield, SRT Commander. “Our thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Ida and with the personnel still assisting with rebuilding efforts.”
“The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is committed to assisting the citizenry of Mississippi during times of great need. Our SRT is always at the ready to deploy, in or out of state, during natural disasters such as Hurricane Ida,” said Dr. Sam Polles, MDWFP Executive Director. “We commend our officers along with all other first responders for their efforts.”