Monday, October 26, 2020

Southlake Firefighters Respond to Call for Help in South Texas

A four man fire crew from the Southlake Fire Department has been requested by the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS), to assist in the Hurricane Harvey rescue operations in south Texas.

The Southlake Fire Department immediately responded to the call and preparations are underway to send a four man team with one of its backup fire engines. The firefighters heading to south Texas are, Seth Corder, Jason Moloney, Steven Tanner, and Jeremy Blackwell.

Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “We are ready to go wherever we are needed to help Cities devastated by Hurricane Harvey.”

The Southlake team is expecting to be in service for up to 12 days. All fire crews being called into action for TIFMAS will assist in rescue operations, fire calls and other life saving emergencies.

With dire warnings of tornadoes, torrential downpours and days of flooding to come, conditions for broad swaths of southeast Texas are expected to get worse. Many people are still trapped in their homes and need rescuing. Chief Starr says, “We are on our way, along with other Fire Departments from across Texas, and our team will begin rescue operations as soon as they arrive.”

TIFMAS, The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, is coordinated by the Texas A&M Forest Service. TIFMAS is the framework through which fire and rescue agencies work together to provide support for incidents such as hurricanes and wildfires. Local resources, including personnel and apparatus, deploy at the request of the State to provide assistance.

Southlake and Flower Mound Fire Departments met up at the DPS HQ Southlake Fire Station and are on their way to south Texas.