Truckee CHP sends vehicles to the South |

Truckee CHP sends vehicles to the South

Staff and wire reportsThe local California Highway Patrol office will the help Louisiana state police respond to Hurricane Katrina by donating three four-wheel-drive vehicles to the relief effort, said local officials.”It places a strain on us,” said Kirk Bromell, Truckee area CHP information officer. “It’s not so bad since it’s not winter. Come winter, I hope we’ll be getting those back.”No Truckee area officers will join the 100 CHP officers from the Sacramento area, who are heading to Louisiana for two weeks, Bromell said.The CHP is sending the officers and equipment – including three fixed-wing planes and three helicopters equipped with advanced life support and search and rescue capabilities – at the request of Louisiana police, CHP Commissioner Mike Brown said.An advance team of several officers reached Baton Rouge Saturday afternoon, and more officers were on the way, he said.The officers will include a team specially trained in crowd control, he said.”The special operations team is a highly skilled and trained unit that is trained to deal with large crowd issues and some of the other challenges facing the folks in Louisiana right now,” Brown said.

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