Texas A&M Forest Service helping with fertilizer plant explosion

Released by The Texas A&M Forest Service:

COLLEGE STATION, TX — A Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Management Team has deployed to Central Texas to aid in response and recovery efforts following a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.

The 18-member team — as well as the agency's mobile command post and satellite trailer — was requested by the Texas Division of Emergency Management to help emergency management officials track the local, state and federal resources responding to the scene.

The bulk of the team – 15 members – is en route to the disaster site, with the remaining three headed to the State Operations Center in Austin.

Texas A&M Forest Service is considered one of the state's lead agencies when it comes to incident management and disaster response.