Vermont Task Force 1 Swift Water Rescue has Returned to Vermont

Waterbury, Vt. - The Vermont Task Force 1 Swift Water Rescue has come back from its deployment to Texas where the team helped with relief efforts.  According to a media release, the team was away for 11 days and helped with searches, well-being checks, and other tasks.

"Task Force 1 members performed their customary outstanding work in unfamiliar surroundings with hazards that are not present in Vermont," Governor Phil Scott said.

"I want to thank the members of the team for their dedication, the team members back here in Vermont who offered important support, and the families who held down the fort while their loved ones were away," added Scott.

Officials say the team started in Beaumont and after two days of training the team was moved or Orange County on the Louisiana border.

"On behalf of the team I want to thank the Vermonters who voiced their support on social media and in person, the people we encountered in several states who showed great generosity, and of course our families," said Task Force 1 Team Leader Michael Cannon.

Officials say as of right now the state doesn’t have any plans to send a swift water rescue team to Florida. The state has offered 8 VTrans crews.  Vermont State Police was planning on offering to send 16 troopers to Flordia but Florida officials cancelled the request for law enforcement help. 

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