Columbus firefighter in Kentucky with Indiana Task Force 1 for flooding search and rescue

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A Columbus firefighter has been assigned as part of the response to recent flooding in Kentucky.

Columbus firefighter Jarrad Mullis is among the members of Indiana Task Force 1 who have been deployed to southeastern Kentucky, the department said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of Kentucky and all responders,” said the department in a social media post.

According to a post from Indiana Task Force 1, 32 of its members left for Kentucky on Friday night. The group includes 31 firefighters and one police officer.

“The two-16 member Mission Ready Package Water teams (MRP-W) are specialists trained in top water and swift water rescue,” the task force said.

Indiana Task Force 1 is part of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System established by FEMA. The task force is prepared to respond to any natural or human-created disaster 24 hours a day, handling all hazards from local search and rescue to national large scale-incidents.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.