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TEXAS A&M FOREST SERVICE DEPLOYS TO CENTRAL TEXAS FOLLOWING FERTILIZER PLANT EXPLOSION

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For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 18, 2013

Texas A&M Forest Service deploys to Central Texas following fertilizer plant explosion

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Management Team has deployed to Central Texas to aid in response and recovery efforts following a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.

The 18-member team — as well as the agency’s mobile command post and satellite trailer — was requested by the Texas Division of Emergency Management to help emergency management officials track the local, state and federal resources responding to the scene.

The bulk of the team – 15 members – is en route to the disaster site, with the remaining three headed to the State Operations Center in Austin.

Texas A&M Forest Service is considered one of the state’s lead agencies when it comes to incident management and disaster response.

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For more information, contact the Texas A&M Forest Service Communications Team at 979-458-6606 or newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu.