MO Task Force 1 continues Colorado operations
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:36:03 GMT —
Members of Missouriâ??s most experienced search and rescue team continue their efforts in Colorado as they help with deadly flooding conditions.
Missouri Task Force 1 includes 80 firefighters and emergency workers with more than 100,000 pounds of equipment.
Task force member Doug Westhoff called us from his base of operations at the Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland, Colorado.
Westhoff said eight 9-person teams, consisting of 6 Missouri personnel are working search and rescue operations.
Five teams have been deployed by military helicopters to various locations in Larimer County because of flooded roads.
Depending on the length of their mission, each team will decide if they need to return to their base of operations or spend the night in a shelter.
Westhoff said, â??Each one of those crews that are out have sat phones and radios and multiple lines of communication. Itâ??s difficult. The normal systems have definitely been affected by the storms.â??
Mission assignments vary from initial entry to wide area search and rescue to coordinating civilian evacuations to humanitarian assistance.
Missouri search and rescue teams could stay in Colorado for up to 2 weeks.