Five members of the Manhattan Fire Department are joining swift water rescue teams and search and rescue teams in Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey.
The Kansas Adjutant General's Office announced Wednesday night that Kansas will send flood rescue personnel, along with hard-bottom, air boats, and inflatable boats. These responders will travel with several other Kansas Task Forces and represent the state of Kansas during their rescue efforts. According to the release, some teams deployed Wednesday night and some will deploy Thursday. Manhattan FD says crews are expected to be gone for a week. Their objectives will be: To Search for and rescue individuals, provide basic life support (BLS) medical care, transport humans and animals to the nearest location for secondary air or land transport, provides shore-based and boat-based water rescue, provide animal rescues, and support helicopter and urban search and rescue in water environments.
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The Sedgwick County Fire Department says four firefighters from Sedgwick County Fire District 1 are deploying with area firefighters from Task Force 5, a joint effort coordinated by the State Fire Marshal.
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