Highlands Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Robbie Forrester hit the road on Wednesday morning to travel 12 hours to Lake Charles, Louisiana to bring supplies to people trying to recover from Hurricane Laura.
In this supply run, Forester said he was bringing down a variety of cleaning supplies, such as bleach, shovels, and mops. The bulk of the donations were collected in Hickory, N.C., but HFR also collected supplies at the station in Highlands.
Hurricane Laura made landfall in Lake Charles on Aug. 27 with 150 mph winds that severely damaged buildings and left downed power lines and trees in its wake.
Forester often coordinates with area fire departments when delivering supplies, but in this case rescue personnel are out helping others, so he worked with Shriners in Lake Charles. All the supplies being brought down are earmarked for people in need.
Forester said on his next run to Lake Charles, he’ll likely be bringing more construction-related supplies depending on what stage of recovery the area is in.
HFR is always taking donations to be sent to areas in need. Items that tend to be in high demand include diapers, pet food, and tarps.
For more information on donating, call HFR at 828.526.3645.