INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Although the Indiana Task Force has not been called down to aid to crews after there was an explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas , one expert shares what they are doing during their search and rescue.
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Indiana Task Force One Commander Bill Brown says Texas has two types of teams. One, which is the federal team, is Texas Task Force One, and the other is Texas Task Force Two, which is a state team.
He says they are both equivalent of a type one heavy rescue personnel team made up of 70 members.
The state Texas team is right outside of Dallas. That team would be the ones to call first. They would then request federal assistance.
The Texas teams are not calling in any other teams from outside the state, he said.
Brown said the teams began sending out squads last night who are searching each structure looking for anyone that is still alive or trapped.
Brown says the squads are made of up of four personnel. They also have a hazmat people with them to monitor atmospheric conditions to make sure it is safe for those rescuers to go in that area.
The crews will also have a structures expert with them to make sure the area they are searching is structurally sound. There is one or two technical search people – one with a K9 and the other with search and rescue equipment such as listening devices to pick up first sounds.
Brown said he spoke with his counterpart in Texas who said they are planning to wrap up their work Thursday afternoon.
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