Governor Greg Abbott today announced that firefighters and support personnel from across Texas will be deployed to help combat the devastating wildfires currently impacting Southern California.
"AFD deployed a crew of five firefighters to California today. Assistance was requested by the State of California, and granted by the State of Texas. Our guys will join 200 additional firefighters from Texas on a 14-day deployment to assist in the destructive wildfires. Please keep California and all of the brave firefighters in your prayers," the Amarillo Fire Department posted on Facebbok.
Approximately 200 firefighters with 55 fire engines from local fire departments from across Texas, as well as teams from the Texas Forest Service at Texas A&M, will begin deploying to California tomorrow morning.
“When disaster strikes, it is imperative that the call for help is answered, and that is exactly what these men and women serving in fire departments across Texas are doing,” said Governor Abbott. “As California continues to fight these fires, Texas will be sending its bravest firefighters to aid in their efforts. Our prayers go out to all who have been impacted by these devastating wildfires, and the State of Texas will continue to offer any resources to aid in the recovery process.”