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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Teams from Tennessee have been deployed to Texas to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey ripped through parts of the state last week.
Eight search and rescue teams, and one support team, come from 20 city, county and state jurisdictions, including the Metro-Nashville Fire Department, La Vergne Fire Department, Brentwood Fire Department and Rutherford County EMS, among others.
“We are never lacking for volunteers no matter how dangerous the work or how sparse the accommodations. Our people have trained in numerous specialties and always look forward to the opportunity to put that training to work,” Brentwood Fire Chief Brian Goss said.
A total of 91 people make up the teams.
“We can provide just about any resources they ask for,” NFD District Chief Larry Clymer said.
“Tennessee and Texas have a long and storied connection and we are proud to help in any way we can. I am proud of these first responders for stepping up to help those affected during their time of need,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.
He continued, “We know all too well the damage and destruction from floods and other natural disasters, and just as other states supported us in trying times, I know all Tennesseans want to do whatever we can to help Texas in this time of need.”
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The Tennessee teams will conduct search, rescue, and recovery missions to aid survivors and animals trapped in swift-water and flooded areas of southeast Texas. The teams are equipped to provide basic life support, medical care, and transportation of survivors and animals to safety.
“We are proud Tennessee has so many well-trained search and rescue professionals who selflessly give of themselves to protect lives.” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan.
Before the teams left Nashville, Gov. Haslam addressed the men and women, who were notified just 24 hours ago that they would be deploying.
“I’m not surprised you’re ready, and yes, I’m impressed by you all,” the governor said.
Houston, Texas, has recorded 52 inches of rainfall from Harvey since Saturday. Harvey made landfall for a third time Wednesday morning near Cameron, Louisiana.