St. Louis area firefighters heading to Texas for Hurricane Harvey duty

National Hurricane Center shows the path of Harvey, heading for the Texas Gulf Coast this weekend.

ST. LOUIS – Missouri Task Force 1, an urban search and rescue unit comprised of firefighters and staff that includes members from the St. Louis area, confirmed it would deploy to Texas overnight to assist similar units from other states there as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall this weekend.

This deployment includes 37 personnel, 10 ground support personnel, including 14 people specially trained for swift water rescues.

Task Force 1 should be in San Antonio by 5 p.m. Friday to await specific assignments.

The unit has been called to assist with natural disasters in state and around the country, and was activated in New York City following the 9/11 terror attacks.