North Carolina sends 5 water rescue crews to Texas

The Knoxville Fire Department said Tuesday night they plan to send a swift water rescue team and equipment to help in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

North Carolina Emergency Management created the swift water rescue program in 1996 in the wake of Hurricane Fran.

"We don't want to be an impact on an area that's already impacted", he said, "so we go down and we set up our shop, and we take care of what we get tasked to take care of without putting any footprint on what's already there". The teams will be in Texas for at least a week. "These are well trained and experienced rescuers who will serve the state of Texas well".

It is unclear how long the VFRS members will be in Texas, but Gormick says it'll depend on how many operational periods this crisis will last for.

Another rescue group, this one from Montgomery County - MD-TF1 - also has been deployed to help flood and storm victims.

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"Really learning some of the nuances of how an operation of this size works", he says, and adds crews have been deployed to other disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Johnsons Landing.

A mother and her baby were rescued from floodwaters in Texas' College Station as military teams responded to distress signs throughout the area.

"All these folks here have family, they have kids, so they're actually leaving a whole lot behind for about 12 days".

The team is bringing five rescue boats and a logistics trailer with them to Texas, Cannon said. Church said the Greensboro team is scheduled to be deployed until September 9.

The task force trains regularly for water rescues, but officials said this is its first out-of-state deployment.

  • Adam Floyd