Local firefighter already in Texas, others on standby to help

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- South Metro Fire Rescue already has one person in Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts.

The rest of the crews in the Denver metro area could get called at any minute.

North Metro Fire Rescue wants to make sure its skills are top notch, if and when the phone rings.

Four of North Metro's swift-water rescue technicians are on standby to go to Texas.

“Since one of our crew members is one of our four that's going to be deployed, the five of us here at this station are just trying to brainstorm what kind of rescues might we have,” Lt. Harold Osborn said.

The group worked on simulations.

“Today, we were simulating sending one of our swift water technicians off of bucket down into a car in the middle of the water," Osborn said.

It's not just rescues the crew has to be prepared for. If called, the group is expected to be self-sufficient.

“We have all of our swift-water bags already packed, all ready to go,” firefighter Travis Hayden said. “We take pride in helping people. That’s why we do this job.”

The first responders will be on standby for as long as Harvey and its effects stay around. Other crews throughout the state could be called in as well.

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