Kansas City firefighters, rescue boats heading to Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief

Sedgwick County is sending four firefighters to Texas from Fire District 1 to help with recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

"North Carolina has developed one of the most respected and tested swift water rescue programs in the country", said Mike Sprayberry, state emergency management director.

Harvey marks the first time since the 9/11 terrorist attacks that FEMA's 28 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams were all mobilized, Virginia Department of Emergency Management state coordinator Jeff Stern noted in a tweet on August 27.

The Raleigh and Fayetteville teams will meet Thursday morning at the Raleigh Fire Training Center at 105 Keeter Center Drive and depart together at 10 a.m. for the trip to Texas. These are circumstances for which Task Force 1 continually train for.

"They're going a long way and they're well needed down there", he said.


Another rescue group, this one from Montgomery County - MD-TF1 - also has been deployed to help flood and storm victims.

The emergency responders are being deployed from different areas of the state. "So, this is kind of a little bit of our payback".

A mother and her baby were rescued from floodwaters in Texas' College Station as military teams responded to distress signs throughout the area.

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. They will set up their own shelter and are bringing their own food and water.


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