After rendering Harvey aid, firefighters reflect

Mount Pleasant firefighters were among first responders from points far and wide who rushed to offer assistance after Hurricane Harvey cut a path of destruction across southeast Texas.

They encountered an up-close view of images the rest of the world followed in the media in the hours and days after the storm: some communities flattened by winds and storm surge, others inundated by flood waters, all of them needing varying degrees of aid.

Personnel from the Mount Pleasant Fire Department participated in that effort through two programs that bring emergency personnel together in times of crisis — as part of a Texas Emergency Management Assistance Team (TEMAT); and as part of a Texas Interstate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) Strike Team.

Mount Pleasant Fire Chief Larry McRae and Capt. Danny Beard were on the TEMAT team, which brings together people with incident command backgrounds and various subject matter expertise. They help manage Disaster District Chair (DDC) committees set up at Department of Public Safety offices in disaster-affected areas.


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