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AVFD Deploys to Brazoria County Floods
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The State of Texas has requested the deployment of assets to Brazoria County to assist with flood evacuations and water rescues as the Brazos River continues to rise and more rain approaches.  Brazoria County officials requested State assistance early Wednesday morning as local resources became overwhelmed.  

AVFD has deployed one ambulance and 2 paramedics as part of a State requested Ambulance Strike Team.  An Ambulance Strike Team is a group of 5 ambulances and a Strike Team Leader (supervisor).  This strike team is made up of ambulances from agencies around the Region or State.

AVFD's ambulance and crew will be deployed for an estimated 5 days in Angleton, Texas.  From there they will receive missions and perform evacuations and patient transports as directed by the Incident Commander and other State officials.

This is the second State deployment for AVFD in 2016.  AVFD deployed the AMBUS (MPV-601) to Orange County Texas after the Sabine River flooded the City of Orange and surrounding areas.  AVFD was deployed in Orange for 7 days performing evacuations of long term care facilities.

AVFD is part of the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force and operates one of Texas' 13 Ambulance Buses.  AVFD is also a member of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council that supports the 25 counties in and around Harris County; including Atascocita, during disasters.

Story by Sean Conley, Assistant Chief

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