Four members of the Tukwila Fire Department have deployed to Texas to help with rescue and recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Harvey.
Captains Pat McCoy, Mark Morales and Andy Nevens, and firefighter Pat O’Brien have served in other disasters around the country, including the Oso Mud Slide and other hurricanes, including Katrina.
Morales, O’Brien and Nevens are assigned to a Swift Water Team that is assigned to be in the water, moving equipment, rescuing stranded residents and searching buildings that are dangerously flooded, according to a post of the city of Tukwila’s Facebook page. All three have specialized training in working in dangerous water conditions.
McCoy is deployed to a different mission in Texas as part of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team. This specialized medical team is commonly assigned to larger shelters, or they set up a medical clinic to support medical needs of the victims.