It is expected that up to 14 rescue personnel from Nevada Task Force 1 will be issued orders Sunday to head to flood-ravaged Texas.
Up to five deaths have been attributed to the flooding and devastation in southeast Texas in the path of Harvey.
The state’s only urban search and rescue team, which includes members form various Southern Nevada fire agencies, expected orders for four staffers and equipment to be headed to the Houston area, but now expects the orders to request 14 staffers and equipment, said John Steinbeck, assistant chief for the Clark County Fire Department.
“We are just awaiting the orders from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency),” Steinbeck told News 3. “They will be assigned to swift-water rescues.”
“NTVF-1 is Nevada’s only Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team, has received orders to deploy special components of the team to assist with the emergency response efforts in Texas for the effects of Hurricane Harvey, Deputy CCFD Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan stated in an email late Saturday night. “Dramatic flooding is expected. Clark County Fire Department (CCFD) is the sponsoring agency (of NVTF-1), but the team is comprised of local civilians, various other partner agencies, and members who work for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, North Las Vegas Fire Department, Henderson Fire Department and CCFD.”
The team is one of 28 specialized teams located throughout the country to provide technical emergency response for local, state and federal emergencies.
Nevada Task Force 1 has been deployed to the events of 911, Hurricane Katrina, Ike and Gustov. In addition, NVTF 1 was recently utilized as a state asset for the recent flooding outside of Reno.