Last September, Texas Task Force 1 responded to Hurricane Ivan’s aftermath along the Alabama Gulf Coast and spent four days searching and clearing more than 500 structures.
The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) serves as the sponsoring agency for Texas Task Force 1, which consists of more than 200 members from 60 organizations across Texas and also serves as the state’s search and rescue team under direction of the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management.
Texas Task Force 1 is capable of responding to mass casualty disasters and is trained and equipped to locate and extricate victims trapped by flooding, collapsed structures and confined spaces in highly populated areas. The team is designed to be logistically self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of operation and is able to function for up to 10 days.
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire, homeland security, law enforcement, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and technology transfer.
View more Texas Task Force 1 photos from Hurricane Katrina.