Thursday, July 15, 2010

Deployment to Rio Grande Valley

There they go again! Austin firefighters are again deployed as part of a State response plan to the Rio Grande Valley to assist local jurisdictions with the predicted flooding. A six-person Boat Squad will be staged in Laredo, along with two members who serve as members of an Incident Management Team.

As is the case with all our state deployments, the member’s salary and that of the backfill, are 100 percent reimbursed by the State agency that requests our help. This deployment is scheduled to run approximately five days. What a great opportunity for professional development!

AFD provides trained, skilled, emergency professionals in the following areas of expertise: Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), Water/Boat Rescue, Helicopter Rescue Swimmers, TIFMAS firefighters and officers, Incident Management Personnel and Communication Specialists.