PITTSBURG — Food, clothes and other supplies aren’t the only things headed to Texas from Pittsburg.

Wednesday evening, Pittsburg Firefighter Tyler Johnson headed for College Station, Texas, along with several other firefighters from the state. The group is headed to Texas to assist with swift water rescue in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Johnson served four years in the United States Marine Corps before joining the Pittsburg Fire Department, where he has been for seven years. Johnson is a certified swift water rescue technician.

“I can’t think of a better person to serve the people in Texas,” said Pittsburg Fire Department Chief Mike Simons. “Tyler is a former Marine and a dedicated firefighter. His skills, training and experience will be a great help to victims of the hurricane.”

PFD is one of 12 counties in southeast Kansas that make up Kansas Task Force 4. Members of the rescue task force receive training to assist with numerous disciplines of technical rescue, including structural collapse rescue, rope rescue, swift water rescue, wide area search and more.

Johnson and four other members of the local task force left Wednesday evening and met with other Kansas task force groups, forming Kansas Task Force 1. They will set up a base of operations at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in College Station to conduct search and rescue missions.

The deployment is scheduled to last until September 6.