A group of courageous firefighters found themselves in chest-deep waters Wednesday afternoon while trying to salvage life-saving equipment from a flooded fire truck after Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida.
The harrowing scene was caught on a Live Facebook video by the Naples Fire-Rescue Department at around 4 p.m. It shows a firetruck inundated and firefighters carrying oxygen tanks, among other items, inside of an already flooded fire station adjacent to City Hall.
Naples is about an hour south of the Cape Coral-area, where Ian first touched ground.
“Please know that everyone here is safe,” a firefighter said. “We are all OK. It’s just our building and our property.”
Naples — known for its pristine beaches and multimillion-dollar mansions — went into curfew this afternoon as extensive flooding and hazardous conditions made several roads impassable, Naples police said via Twitter.
“When we ask you guys to stay off the road, we are not kidding,” the firefighter said.
All roads of neighboring Marco Island — only accessible by two bridges — are impassable, according to Marco Island police.
“Please do not leave your homes,” police said on Facebook earlier in the day. “Take shelter, and move to the highest point of your home. Leaving your home at this point is too dangerous.”
Hours later, Marco Island issued a curfew through 6 a.m. Thursday “to protect and safeguard the health and safety of our residents.”