The ‘Spirit of Louisiana’ is Returning to New York
The Louisiana-built fire truck known as the "Spirit of Louisiana" was paid for by donations from Louisiana residents after the 9/11 terror attacks and saw several years of service. After Hurricane Katrina, the New York Fire Department gave it to New Orleans, where it saw several more years of service before being decommissioned in 2010.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning worked with Ferrara Fire Apparatus and New Orleans Fire Chief Charles Parent to have the truck completely refurbished and transferred to the State Fire Marshal's Office for use in future disasters. Now, it's on its way to Long Island, New York to support public safety efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.