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A family is rescued from flood waters from Hurricane Harvey on a boat in Dickinson Texas

The Mobile Fire Urban Search and Rescue Team is on standby in case they are needed to deploy to Texas to help with rescues and relief after Hurricane Harvey.

Every fire department in Southern Nevada is trained in swift-water rescues because of flooding that happens during monsoon season, he said.

"We don't want to be an impact on an area that's already impacted", he said, "so we go down and we set up our shop, and we take care of what we get tasked to take care of without putting any footprint on what's already there".

The team left the SORT building around 11 a.m.to join other teams from Middle and Southeastern Tennessee to convoy to Texas.

Huffman says they do not know what their exact duties will be at this time because search and rescue teams in Texas are still assessing their needs. These are circumstances for which Task Force 1 continually train for.

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Chris Herrick, the deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety, said the Texas deployment is the first out-of-state mission for the team. Fire department teams also are deployed for 14 days.

"After supporting fire suppression operations here in California and recently participating in a large scale exercise in Alaska, the 129th is ready to deploy its life-saving capabilities to another region of the country", said Col. Daniel Lapostole, 129th Rescue Wing vice commander.

It's equipment firefighters will use to help with ongoing rescue efforts in flood affected areas.

"That allows us to hone our skills a little bit, and keep them fresh in our minds", said rescue team member Matthew Broughton.

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