Thursday, May 5, 2011

Illinois Fire Marshal providing assistance for flood relief

The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office is doing its part to help with flooding in southern Illinois.

Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis says there aren’t any fires to fight but there’s plenty of support that they are able to provide to those directly involved in the flood relief.

“We’ve provided a tent for our mutual aid system for 210 troopers up in Marion. We’ve provided approximately 20 light towers that are spread all over the southern end of Illinois at this point right now,” Matkaitis said. “In addition to that, we’ve put our de-con units about so that the National Guard troops can clean up after they’re done on the levees and the rest of that.”

Matkaitis says there are 45,000 volunteer and career firefighters in Illinois who are standing by to help communities in need of help with flood relief.

Jeff Williams, WSIU


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