SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) Hurricane Harvey continues it’s destructive path through Houston, but the relief efforts also continue. Eric Homes from Unified Fire Department joined Brian Carlson on Good Morning Utah with what Utahns are doing to help.
Utah Task Force One train year-round for conditions like this. The group of 46 deployed Thursday, an activation order from Washington DC. Local firefighters make up the urban search and rescue group.
“We have to have a doctor, a structural engineer, two dogs, those are the special key pieces. If we don’t have those, we don’t accept the activation order,”
The team packs the bare necessities and they are some of the folks you’ve seen maneuvering boats through the flood waters.
“We pride ourselves on being prepared for what we do. To have that opportunity to go and do what we trained for in the real world, this is a big deal for all of us,” said Grant.
The task force has no set date to come home, but it’s clear the Beehive sent some of their best help.
“We just genuinely like to help people. That’s why we are part of the fire department, that’s why we are part of the task force, it’s just in our nature,” said Grant.
To donate to the relief efforts, call 1-855-999-GIVE or text “HARVEY” to 90999 to make a 10 dollar donation. You can also stop by our station to donate through our day of caring, everything from toiletries to dog food is needed.