Charlotte Fire Among N.C. Swift Water Rescue Teams To Deploy To Texas

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte Fire Department personnel will make up one of five swift water rescue teams from North Carolina being deployed to Texas to assist with search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

“The Charlotte Fire Department and this team of individuals are prepared to respond to situations like Hurricane Harvey,” said Charlotte Fire Deputy Chief Rich Granger. “The team follows three Charlotte Fire rescue technicians who were sent to Texas Monday as part of the North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team. We are glad to be able to work with our partners across North Carolina to come to the aid of the people of Texas.”

The five teams, which consist of 92 personnel, are responding to a request from Texas emergency officials. The teams are formed from the following public safety organizations:

  • Charlotte Team – An 18-person team from the Charlotte Fire Department
  • Raleigh Team– Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill fire departments
  • Fayetteville Team – Fayetteville Fire Dept., Fayetteville Police Dept., Cumberland County EMS and Lumberton Rescue & EMS
  • Henderson County Team – Henderson County Rescue Squad
  • Greensboro Team – Greensboro Fire Department
  • One emergency services coordinator from North Carolina Emergency Management

The Charlotte team, along with the Greensboro and Henderson County teams, will depart at 10 a.m. Thursday from the Charlotte Police and Fire Training Academy at 1770 Shopton Rd. in Charlotte. News media are welcome to cover this departure.

The state’s swift water rescue program is organized by North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) which supports the teams with training and funding. There are 30 highly-trained swift water rescue teams positioned across the state that meet national standards and can be deployed anywhere within North Carolina or across the country. Teams are capable of a variety of rescues including using small boats and other equipment to rescue people from flooded homes and others stranded by floodwaters in precarious locations.