Firefighters mobilize to cover shifts for West Volunteer Fire Department

April 20, 2013 8:54:01 AM PDT
Firefighters and apparatus from Waxahachie Fire Rescue, Cedar Hill Fire Department and Red Oak Fire Rescue were mobilized to assist with emergency response in West, Texas, following the massive fertilizer plant explosion earlier this week.

The resources were mobilized through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.

Twelve firefighters from the three municipal departments arrived in West late Friday afternoon with a command vehicle, two fire engines and a heavy rescue vehicle. They will be tasked with covering shifts for the West Volunteer Fire Department and assisting with rescue operations.

The firefighters will supplement numerous other resources already on site in West, including a regional incident management team and a team of personnel from Texas A&M Forest Service.

The TIFMAS program was created in 2009 and is a collaborative effort of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association, Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, Texas Commission on Fire Protection and Texas A&M Forest Service.
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