Houston Fire Crews Respond To More Than 1,000 Calls

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
AP/LM Otero

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña says his agency has responded to more than 1,000 calls for service — including 400 water rescues — since Harvey inundated much of the city.

Peña says some fire department crews have been working for three days straight, without a break, and he has implemented procedures to ensure firefighters get the nourishment and rest they need.

Peña says it has been difficult to get in fresh crews to replace firefighters at some locations because in many areas, "we can't get in and out of the fire stations" due to flooding. "We can't deploy them to where we need them with their equipment."

Peña says the fire department is managing the resources it has on hand and will rotate in fresh firefighter crews as it is able to do so.

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