Sedgwick County sending four firefighters to assist in Texas

Fayetteville Fire Department Sends Search And Rescue Team To Help With Houston Flooding

Between contaminated flood water and reports of smoke rising from a chemical plant in nearby Crosby, Texas, the team faces some risk - but Cannon says the crew is bringing some decontamination equipment.

Phil Scott participated in a sendoff event Thursday morning for the Vermont Task Force 1 Swift Water Rescue Team. "I've always been in awe of those who put themselves in harm's way sacrifice their lives to protect others". Since then, the swift water/flood rescue teams have become one of the state's most activated specialized emergency response resources and performed hundreds of rescues in North Carolina and SC previous year after Hurricane Matthew.

Gov. Bill Haslam addressed members of the nine swift-water search and rescue teams at the State Emergency Operations Center before their scheduled departure Wednesday.

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. Earlier, Rescue workers attempted to rescue stranded cows as the aftermath of Harvey left many ranches in eastern Texas underwater.

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He also compared her to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, who like Merkel, spent more than a decade in office. It will take time and patience but we will succeed".

"They're responding to Texas under what we call the Emergency Management Assistance Compact - EMAC", said Chris Herrick, Vermont's deputy commissioner of public safety.

"When natural disasters strike, it is human nature to offer help", Schmidt said in a prepared statement.

Task Force 5 includes four swift water rescue teams from around the state.

The 14-member team is "healthy, safe and anxious to get to work", Ryan said, and is awaiting assignments. They originally were headed to Houston, but with the flooding and heavy rain, Ryan said, federal officials made a decision to have the team "hold back a little" and go to San Antonio instead.

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