New Orleans firefighters to help with Sandy recovery

November 28, 2012 1:46:24 PM PST
Three dozen firefighters from the Big Easy are in New York City to help repay a debt of gratitude.

New Orleans firefighters arrived at LaGuardia Airport late Tuesday night.

They're bringing muscle and money to help in the recovery efforts in areas of the five boroughs that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

On Wednesday, they'll start removing piles of debris from Belle Harbor in Queens. And they say they're ready for anything.

"When FDNY came down to New Orleans, they had to deal with the most extreme heat that we have during the year, 95- to 100-degree heat," Captain David Nicks said. "When we're coming up here, I believe today it's in the high 20s, low 30s. I believe it snowed today. So it's kind of poetic justice that we get to deal with some of their weather."

For the next 18 days, they will be helping to clean debris from flooded homes.

It's similar to the help they received from the FDNY after Hurricane Katrina.

After Katrina, about 600 members of the FDNY volunteered in New Orleans.

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