City firefighters assisting Florida first responders

Texas State Task Force 1 headed to Mexico Beach to perform searches

Photo of Mexico Beach. Fla. courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

Two Round Rock firefighters deployed to Florida this week to assist with search and rescue efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Michael.

Lt. Michael Boyd and Driver Andrew Lyman left Texas on Tuesday, Oct. 9, with the Texas State Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), which consisted of 70 people, six boats, four search canines and a large cache of specialized and technical equipment. The group stopped at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., this week to train and prepare equipment while roadways leading to the affected areas were cleared. Lyman and Boyd have departed for Mexico Beach, Fla., to support and work in coordinated efforts with local first responders.

The landfall of Hurricane Michael, which was labeled a Category 4 storm, in the Florida Panhandle marked the third most powerful storm to ever make landfall in the continental U.S.

TX-TF1, sponsored by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, also deployed Water Rescue Squads and search teams to Central and North Texas this week for recent severe flash flooding along the Llano River.

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