Texas Task Force 1 Deploying to Oklahoma
Texas Task Force 1, the state’s elite search and rescue team, was
activated this evening to assist local officials and first responders in
Oklahoma following today’s tornado outbreak.
An 84-member Type 1 Urban Search and Rescue team, including 70 first
responders who specialize in victim extraction and medical treatment will
deploy immediately. The team also includes search and rescue K-9s,
physicians and paramedics, as well as hazardous material specialists,
communications specialists and structural engineers.
Texas Task Force 1 is a 600-member force that is nationally recognized for
its unique search, rescue and recovery capabilities. It was deployed to New
York City following the terrorist attack on 9/11, and to New Orleans
following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and, most recently, to West, TX.
Gov. Perry released the following statement earlier today regarding the
Oklahoma tornadoes: http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/18540/