Numerous water rescue teams, along with support staff, have been deployed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal through the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to assist the state of Texas with flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
Newton Fire/EMS sent Firefighter/EMT Mike Estep with the city's connector boat package to join a team from the Sedgwick County Fire Department. They will report to College Station for their orders.
Under an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), teams comprised of various departments and equipment from across the state will come together as a single task force to assist in water search and rescue efforts. Fire department personnel from Salina, Mission Township, Manhattan, Olathe, Chanute, Neodesha, Parsons, Pittsburg, Sedgwick County, Hutchinson, Shawnee, Derby, Winfield and Newton will be supported by personnel from South Hutchinson Police, Saline County Sheriff and the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal. The state task force is deploying Wednesday evening en route to College Station, Texas where they will receive their eventual assignments. The task force is expected to return on Sept. 6.