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As flood waters continue to subside in the Red River Valley in North Dakota, four members of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) have been demobilized and returned to the team’s headquarters in College Station.

The four TX-TF1 members were deployed March 26 at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide support to North Dakota jurisdictions.

Two of TX-TF1’s Incident Support Team (IST) members deployed to North Dakota to assist with logistics and communications.

In addition, two TX-TF1 members delivered the Central FEMA IST Equipment Cache, which is based at the Task Force headquarters, to help supply units deploying to the area.

This was the first deployment of 2009 for TX-TF1. In 2008, TX-TF1 deployed 15 times, including responses to hurricanes Dolly and Ike.

About Texas Task Force 1
Texas Task Force 1 is sponsored by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and is comprised of more than 400 personnel representing more than 60 jurisdictions and agencies from across the state of Texas and is one of 28 teams in the national urban search and rescue system under FEMA. Texas Task Force 1 and TEEX coordinate state-wide requests for search and rescue. TEEX and the Task Force are headquartered in College Station.

About the Texas Engineering Extension Service
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized first responder training, homeland security exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire services, homeland security, law enforcement, public works, safety and health, search and rescue, and economic development.

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