Members to Support Search and Rescue Efforts following Hurricane Harvey
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activated Colorado Task Force 1 (CO-TF1) Saturday, August 26 for deployment to Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Eight members of the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) join others from across the state to make up the 45-person CO-TF1 roster. The team was has been deployed to Houston area where their assignment will be search and rescue.
The deployment can last up to 14 days, with two travel days on either end, for a potential of 18 days. Team members will check in daily and provide information as it is available.
There are currently 13 FEMA urban search and rescue (USAR) teams deployed to Texas; five Type I teams and eight Type III teams. CO-TF1 has been deployed as a Type III team. Type I teams deploy approximately 80 personnel and Type III teams deploy approximately 45 personnel.
The CSFD has been a participating agency of CO-TF1since 2013, with fifteen members on the team filling a variety of specialties, which include: rescue, hazardous materials, medical, and logistics. As a participating agency, the CSFD has signed a Memorandum of Agreement, which obligates this organization to provide qualified personnel when the team is activated to support national disasters.