Kansas water rescue teams head to Texas

Residents can help Harvey victims as NC sends teams to Texas

This will be an 8-day deployment with limited availability of shelter, food and water and the teams are expected to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours.

The program was born in the wake of Hurricane Fran in 1996 when NCEM recognized the need to develop an inventory of available teams with basic rescue capabilities. "So, this is kind of a little bit of our payback. We needed assistance and got help, and now we're offering it", Herrick said.

The fourteen member team is part of Alabama Task Force One.

Mike Cannon is the head of Colchester Technical Rescue and is leading the task force deployment.

They plan to be back in the Triad on September 8.

The rescue team said one of their biggest obstacles will be the water because it could be filled with bacteria and toxic chemicals. "It makes us very proud as Vermonters when we see people like yourself for action", Scott said at the Colchester Rescue station where the task force is based.

"They are distinguished by their willingness to sacrifice themselves for the greater good".

The team left the SORT building around 11 a.m.to join other teams from Middle and Southeastern Tennessee to convoy to Texas. Lt. Col. Travis Walters, public affairs officer for the Texas Military Department, said, "We are beginning as more resources pour in to do more methodical search and clear operations". "But the members of our military, law enforcement, firefighters and others like them run towards it".

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.

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