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Charlotte firefighters deploying to Texas to help search and rescue

01 September, 2017, 01:29 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • State task force deploys to Texas to assist with search, rescue and recovery

North Carolina is sending five swift water rescue teams to Texas to help with the recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

The county suggests that potential volunteers instead contact groups like the American Red Cross, The United Way, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. "It is our responsibility to help our neighbors in times of need".

Fourteen Fairfax County firefighters, all specialists in swift water rescues, are working to bring victims of the Texas flooding to safety.

Texas officials will fully reimburse North Carolina for total costs incurred during the 10-day period NC HART crews are in the state.

The state's program was started in the wake of Hurricane Fran in 1996 when NCEM recognized the need to develop an inventory of available teams with basic rescue capabilities.

Gov. Bill Haslam addressed members of the nine swift-water search and rescue teams at the State Emergency Operations Center before their scheduled departure Wednesday. "Please continue to pray for the people in the Houston and surrounding areas of Texas". The team left for Texas Thursday to help with evacuations and rescue missions in the severe flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

"The hazmat team will assist urban search and rescue teams with the hazardous things that they come across", Piringer said. He said an emergency services coordinator will travel with the team as well.

"We don't want to be an impact on an area that's already impacted", he said.

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