Tri-State area first responders deploy to Texas for Hurricane Harvey

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – A swift water rescue team comprised of Bradley County Fire Rescue, East Ridge Fire Rescue, and Dallas Bay Fire Rescue personnel deployed to Texas today to assist with on-going water rescue missions due to Hurricane Harvey.

The team is part of a Tennessee Fire Chiefs Statewide Mutual Aid System and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) deployment to Texas.

Hamilton County Chief Eddie Phillips says trained personnel and equipment from 20-plus different agencies, including the ones from our local area, have been combined to form 7 swift water rescue teams.

The teams have formed 2 swift water task forces that have deployed to College Station, Texas to a staging area. The swift water teams are on an 8 day deployment to Texas and have to be self sufficient for the first 3 days taking food, water, and extra supplies.

Phillips states that the team members are highly trained to perform both swift water and still flood water rescues of humans and animals and to provide basic life support (BLS) medical care to victims.

All team members reported to TEMA headquarters in Nashville today where they were given briefings and immunizations due to the extremely hazardous water and conditions they are going to be operating in. They then deployed together to Texas as two task forces.

The local team is comprised of Bradley County as the lead agency using their rescue boats and personnel, and East Ridge and Dallas Bay providing additional trained personnel.

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