Texas Task Force 2 (TX-TF2), which includes Richardson firefighters, deployed earlier this week to Victoria to stage for the approaching Tropical Storm Beta. The team, which specializes in urban search and rescue, was prepared to pilot boats into flooded areas. Luckily, the need did not arise and they headed home Wednesday. 

TX-TF2 team members have extensive training and specialized equipment to respond to a wide variety of scenarios. While the team is based in and made up of first responders from North Texas, it can respond anywhere in the state. Prior to heading to Victoria, the team deployed in August in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, performing search-and-rescue operations in the Beaumont area for two days.