Local Swift Water Rescue Unit Headed to Flood-Ravaged Texas

News posted Aug. 31, 2017 - 12:00 pm
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A 17-member swift water rescue unit that includes members of the City of Raleigh Fire Department traveled to Texas Aug. 31 to assist with search-and-rescue efforts in the aftermath of massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Gov. Roy Cooper and Mayor Nancy McFarlane attended the sendoff for North Carolina Task Force 8 at the Fire Department’s Keeter Training Center. In addition to Raleigh firefighters, the task force includes members of fire departments in Durham and Chapel Hill. A swift water rescue team from Fayetteville was also deployed from the Keeter Training Center.

In all, the state of North Carolina sent five swift water rescue units to help out in Texas on Aug. 31. The other teams are from Henderson County, Greensboro and Charlotte. The five teams consist of 92 members.

The state’s swift water rescue program is organized by North Carolina Emergency Management which supports the teams with training and funding. There are 30 highly-trained swift water rescue teams positioned across the state that meet national standards and can be deployed anywhere within North Carolina or across the country. Teams are capable of a variety of rescues, including using small boats and other equipment to rescue people from flooded homes and others stranded by floodwaters in precarious locations.

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