TF1 assisting with Harvey storm relief in Houston

Fayetteville Fire Department Sends Search And Rescue Team To Help With Houston Flooding

Emergency departments from across the state are sending personnel to Texas to help with rescue operations in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Huffman says they do not know what their exact duties will be at this time because search and rescue teams in Texas are still assessing their needs.

Ryan said Tuesday the team was initially diverted by federal authorities to San Antonio for staging until a decision could be made on where to send them. Included in their massive 60,000-pound equipment cache are devices that will allow crew members to break into steel or reinforced concrete buildings and structures, as well as listening devices and cameras for finding people needing rescue.

The specially trained 45-person team from South Florida is part of a national effort to come to the aid of Texas.


"I think that the biggest challenge is that the rain continues, so the waters are going to rise", said Downey. Chief Forrest Walter says his agency also had five water rescue team members depart Wednesday night.

The two men will be there to "witness the coordination of over 12,000 personnel, and return to Vancouver with lessons and feedback to better prepare for future missions", said a city news release on Tuesday. "The NY-TF1 is a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team comprised of NYPD, FDNY and EMS members". "The fire department is an extension of the community".

Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) issued guidance for individuals interested in helping, which can be found at http://vem.vermont.gov/news/tips-donating-and-volunteering-hurricane-relief.

Lancaster crews could be deployed as long as two weeks and will take their orders from the state of Texas.

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