Peoria Fire sending crews to Texas to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief

PEORIA, AZ - Peoria Fire-Medical says they have crews en route to Texas to provide relief to communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

Peoria firefighters will be part of a 20 person All Hazards Incident Management Team assembled through the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. 

The crew left Saturday night for Jasper County, Texas which is located along the Texas and Louisiana border. 

The team will help run an emergency operations center for Jasper, Sabine, and Beaumont counties, according to fire officials. 

Some of the work the team could be doing includes search and rescue operations, supervising FEMA response teams, managing shelters and distributing water and food.

Fire officials said the city is reimbursed by the state or federal government for all of the costs associated with sending personnel and equipment to disasters.

Firefighters have previous experience in disaster relief as crews were sent to help with relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina and various wildfires across the U.S., according to Peoria fire. 

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