FEMA Suspends Fire Team for Having Guns Phoenix sent an elite search-and-rescue team to New Orleans right after the hurricane hit. The firefighters rescued over 400 people from rooftops and bridges. Now FEMA has suspended the elite team for breaking FEMA's rules against carrying guns. It seems the Phoenix firefighters had brought along four police for protection to both Katrina and Rita. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon called FEMA's reaction "bewildering and outrageous."