Swift Water Rescue Team
When disaster strikes there are no city limits. The Gulfport Fire Department proved that by assisting in rescue efforts in Florida after Hurricane Irma.
Thirty-five elite task force members across Mississippi responded to victims back in the end of August. Two from Gulfport plus some from Biloxi and Hattiesburg all answered the call to rescue people from the rising water. The team utilized boats, high water trucks, and other resources from Gulfport’s Swift Water Rescue Team.
Members of the team tell News 25 about the experience and deploying equipment from here in Gulfport. District Chief Chad Bryant said, “They see the high water truck, the boats, the expression on their face, it’s a lot of sorrow seeing what they lost. They had some record levels of flooding in that area in Clay County. Their local resources were tact. When they see our assets come in just from the responders they were glad we were there and they let us make a difference.”
Members of the task force are trained in several situations such as structural collapse and trench rescues. The crew stayed out in Florida for about three days before returning to Mississippi.