Round Rock firefighter deploys to Louisiana
A Round Rock firefighter deployed to Louisiana this weekend to prepare to assist with search and rescue efforts as Hurricane Ida made landfall.
Battalion Chief Gunther von Seltmann departed the morning of Sunday, Aug. 29, with the Texas State Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), along with other personnel and a large cache of specialized and technical equipment to support and work in coordinated efforts with local first responders.
Ida made landfall as an “extremely dangerous” category 4 hurricane around 11:55 a.m. Sunday near Port Fourchon, La., according to the National Hurricane Center, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.
“Life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rains are expected across multiple states.”
TX-TF1, sponsored by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, functions as one of the 28 federal teams under FEMA’s National Urban Search and Rescue System. The team is logistically self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of operation to avoid placing a burden on local responding agencies to provide additional equipment or personnel.
How you can help
The American Red Cross of Central & South Texas Region, headquartered in Austin, is recruiting volunteers to assist with shelters, disaster health services, blood collection support and more. For more information on how you volunteer, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.
Source: City of Round Rock