Southwest Missouri Firefighters involved in rescue efforts

Courtesy: Missouri Task Force 1

Firefighters from the Springfield and Joplin areas have been involved in rescues in a Houston, Texas subdivision swamped by rain.

Missouri Task Force 1 Public Information Officer Gale Blomenkamp tells KY3, the group made 316 rescues in just one day. We're also told that Missouri Task Force 1 rescued 35 pets.

On Facebook the firefighters report finding, "a home that was filled with Carbon Monoxide. The generator was running inside and the levels of CO (Carbon Monoxide) were very high. The family was rescued and transported by ambulance. A true disaster averted for that family."

We're told that MO Task Force 1 is working Tuesday out of Houston Fire Department District 34, just northeast of downtown Houston in the Eastex-Jensen area near Dodson Park. The Missouri unit has 6 boats available to make rescues.

The group also spent time in heavily hit Rockport, Texas.

Missouri Task Force One is housed at the Boone County Fire Protection District. The team is trained and equipped following FEMA guidelines.

In an e-mailed release Task Force Leader Randy Sanders says, "Things are going real well at this point. We have a steady stream of boats coming and going, and we continue to work side by side with private citizens and the Houston Fire Department.”

Sanders says the team will continue working in Houston as long as needed.

Meantime, Blomenkamp declined to discuss the names of the firefighters from The Ozarks involved in the rescue operations citing safety reasons.