8/14/2007 12:00 AM
With the great chance of a tropical depression or tropical storm making landfall in the Brownsville area as early as Wednesday, Texas Task Force 1 was activated today by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management, or GDEM.
As a result, Texas Task Force 1 has deployed six swiftwater rescue boat squads to Bexar County, where they can be moved to affected jurisdictions to assist local responders by providing additional rescue capabilities. Also at the direction of the GDEM, three TX-TF1 helicopter rescue crews have been assigned to work with three UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the Texas Military Forces — all will be stationed in San Antonio.
Additionally, two search and rescue liaison officers are placed in the San Antonio and McAllen areas to provide search and rescue coordination assistance, as needed.
Rainfall is projected with amounts widespread at 3”-6” and isolated amounts at 5”-10”. The system is expected to move inland and affect the Hill Country later in the week.
About TX-TF1 swiftwater rescue
Texas Task Force 1 swiftwater rescue boat squads are comprised of rescuers from around the state who have advanced swiftwater rescue training. These responders were deployed for the statewide flooding that occurred in May, June and July. Each squad consists of five members, a squad leader, a swiftwater boat, rescue gear and interoperable communications equipment.
As the lead agency for search and rescue in the state, Texas Task Force 1 sends boat squads and liaison officers to jurisdictions during swiftwater and flooding emergencies that request assistance from the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management.
Formed in 2000 as the nation’s first statewide water rescue teams, Texas Task Force 1 has deployed to swiftwater and flooding incidents across the state, and was deployed outside of Texas to assist in rescuing more than 13,000 downtown New Orleans residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
More about Texas Task Force 1
Texas Task Force 1 is sponsored by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, and is comprised of more than 300 personnel representing more than 60 jurisdictions and agencies from across the state of Texas.
About the Texas Engineering Extension Service
TEEX , a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized first responder training, homeland security exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire services, homeland security, law enforcement, public works, safety and health, search and rescue, and economic solutions.