5/22/2013 12:00 AM
Texas Task Force 1, in their first day of search and rescue operations in Moore, OK on Tuesday, searched over 350 structures in their assigned zone. After a rest and rehab period last night, the task force is proceeding with their mission assignments today.
We would like to take a moment to celebrate the heroic local responders and volunteers who rushed in immediately after the tornados in Oklahoma; their training and quick response had a huge impact on so many lives. TX-TF1, along with other Search and Rescue assets, continues to support the local teams with all of the manpower and resources at our disposal. Keep the people of Oklahoma in your thoughts; they are the true heroes as they pick up the pieces and move forward.
The 80 member TX-TF1 “White” Team is a Type 1 Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Team consisting of Technical and Canine Search components along with Heavy Rescue personnel and equipment.
Who is TX-TF1?
TX-TF1 is sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and has deployed over 90 times since 1997, including the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, Sept. 11th World Trade Center attack, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike. TX-TF1 can be activated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management or as one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 28 sanctioned urban search and rescue teams.
Members of TX-TF1 range from firefighters and medical personnel, to structural engineers, and come from all areas capable of reporting to College Station within a five-hour window. The task force consists of three separate units of approximately 80 members each. The teams rotate on a monthly standby, stand down or on call status. The “White” Team is the task force currently on call for deployment.
Task Force Website: www.texastaskforce1.org