April 20, 2013 – WEST,
Texas – Firefighters and apparatus from Waxahachie Fire Rescue, Cedar Hill Fire
Department and Red Oak Fire Rescue were mobilized Friday afternoon to assist
with emergency response in West, Texas, following the massive fertilizer plant
explosion earlier this week.
resources were mobilized through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System
(TIFMAS) administered by Texas A&M Forest Service. Texas Gov. Rick Perry
announced the activation at a press conference Friday.
firefighters from the three municipal departments arrived in West late Friday
afternoon with a command vehicle, two fire engines and a heavy rescue vehicle. They
will be tasked with covering shifts for the West Volunteer Fire Department and
assisting with rescue operations.
firefighters will supplement numerous other resources already on site in West –
including a regional incident management team and a team of personnel from
Texas A&M Forest Service.
program was created in the 2009 Legislature and is a collaborative effort of
the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, State Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s
Association, Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, Texas Commission on Fire
Protection and Texas A&M Forest Service.
offers training, equipment and vehicle grants, credentialing standards and
mobilization systems to make statewide use of local resources. Since its
inception, TIFMAS has mobilized both resources and personnel for Hurricanes Ike
and Alex and numerous wildfire responses in 2009 and 2011.
information, contact the Texas A&M Forest Service Communications Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.