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Missouri Task Force 1 Responds to Colorado Floods

Posted: Sep 15, 2013 3:25 PM by Christa Corrigan, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Updated: Sep 15, 2013 8:28 PM

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COLUMBIA - The Missouri Task Force 1 (MO-TF1) was deployed to Colorado to assist with search and rescue efforts due to massive flooding in the state on Sunday morning. The Task Force was activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency along with three other Task Force groups from Nebraska, Utah, and Colorado.

FEMA called and activated the Missouri Task Force and the Nevada Task Force last night to start a search and rescue mission throughout the Colorado floods.

MO-TF1, a Type 1 Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, left Columbia from the Boone County Fire District Headquarters by ground in 17 vehicles at 3:40 a.m., according to a press release from the Boone County Fire District.

The Task Force will begin work in Fort Collins, Colo. after receiving mission assignments from the Incident Management Team.

The Task Force consists of 80 specially-trained personnel, four disaster search canines and over 100,000 pounds of specialty equipment.

Boone County Fire Chief Scott Olson said the task force has enough supplies to last them for 14 days of search and resure operations.

More information and updates can be obtained through the Boone County Fire Protection District.

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