WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Devastating floods in
The call to action officially came at 3:00am Friday morning from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deploy 75 Utahns and four canines.
FEMA asked the task force to stop in
“We're expecting a lot of mud, a lot of water, and partially collapsed structures,” said Captain Clint Mecham with the Unified Fire Department. “Watching the news, we weren't sure if we were going to be deployed or not.”
As they saw the situation in
With more than 20 years with the task force, Bill Brass knows they are in for an especially challenging trip.
“Some of the people I've talked to, their voices alone tell me it's bad,” said Brass. “They really have no idea. We're over 24 hours into when this started and they still don't have an idea of what's happening there.”
Disasters like this are exactly why UT-TF1 trains year round.
“Our team is designed around finding live people, in collapsed structures,” said Brass. ”So they will try to search through neighborhoods that have damaged homes, and see if people are trapped.”
The team is mostly made up of firefighters – from Unified Fire, Salt Lake City & Park City Fire Departments. Some firefighters were called to deploy as they were working.
With them, they have enough supplies to live for days without any help.
“This is exciting for our people, it's sad that it has to be a disaster when we go out, but that's our mission,” said Brass.
UT-TF1 says they never know for how long they will be deployed. With more rain expected in