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Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) assisted in the rescue effort during the recent flooding of South and Central Texas.

Fifty-eight members of a modular sub-component of TX-TF1—the Flood Rescue Strike Team—assisted in flood water rescues July 2 — 8.

TX-TF1, which is administered by TEEX, was activated by the Texas Department of Public Safety – Division of Emergency Management on July 2 and was deployed to the Texas Army National Guard facility in San Antonio. One 24-member strike team established a base of operations at New Braunfels High School, while a second 24-member strike team was based at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.

The TX-TF1 Flood Rescue Strike Team utilized inflatable rescue boats and H-60 Blackhawk helicopters in Uvalde, Bandera, Seguin, and New Braunfels to rescue 28 flood victims, evacuate 58 residents and 12 animals, and transport seven injured victims to the hospital.

The TX-TF1 Flood Rescue Strike Team has conducted extensive specialized aquatic-helicopter training with the Texas Army National guard over the past year and was able to provide two rescue paramedics on each of three H-60 Blackhawk helicopters, capable of providing advanced life support care for victims.

TX-TF1 established its modular sub-component Flood Rescue Strike Team in 2000. This summer’s South and Central TX floods were the second time the Flood Rescue Strike Team was called upon to serve since its inception. Last summer, the team responded to Tropical Storm Allison in Houston.

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