(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–An elite fire and rescue crew from Nevada has shipped out to help in the Colorado flood disaster.
A county spokesperson confirms that FEMA–the Federal Emergency Management Agency–has notified Nevada Task Force 1 that it has been activated to respond. The 80-person urban search and rescue team gathered at its headquarters Saturday night for a Sunday morning deployment. The crews are traveling by ground, but their equipment was readied to be flown out ahead of them.
Team members received medical exams prior to a briefing in Las Vegas before the deployment.
The team is comprised of members from the Clark County, Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas fire departments, as well as members from multiple other disciplines. There are paramedics, K-9 units and other personnel with expertise.
The team’s caravan includes three 18-wheelers, two panel cargo trucks, two buses, three support vehicles and ATV’s. The caravan will be hauling over 50,000 pounds of equipment to the Fort Collins area.
The federal government covers the cost of task force team deployment.