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April 18, 2013

Regional All-Hazard Incident Management Team members joining state response

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M Forest Service has activated members of three regional All-Hazard Incident Management Teams to aid in the response and recovery efforts following the massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.

The 10-member interdisciplinary team will join with the Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Management Team, which was deployed early Thursday to help emergency management officials track resources and response activities, and provide logistical support. The team also will help compile and track data related to the overall impact of the disaster.

Of the 10-person crew, eight members are part of the Hillsboro All-Hazard Incident Management Team. Of the remaining two, one is from the Alamo Area All-Hazard Incident Management Team and the other is from the Williamson County All-Hazard Incident Management Team.

“They’re trained to national standards, just like our own employees,” Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief Mark Stanford said. “They respond with our agency, and we consider them to be part of our team.”

Texas A&M Forest Service oversees 18 regional, interdisciplinary teams scattered across the Lone Star State. The groups are made up of trained, local emergency responders including police officers, firefighters and emergency management officials.

The regional All-Hazard Incident Management Teams previously responded to Hurricane Ike and the Presidio Flood, both in 2008. They also responded several times during the devastating 2011 wildfire season.


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

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