Missouri Task Force 1 on alert; assistant fire chief deployed to Moore, Okla.

Monday, May 20, 2013 | 10:32 p.m. CDT; updated 11:34 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 20, 2013

COLUMBIA — Doug Westhoff, the assistant chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District, was deployed Monday night through the Federal Emergency Management Agency  to Moore, Okla., the site of a deadly tornado Monday afternoon.

Westhoff, the program manager of Missouri Task Force 1, will be the Deputy Incident Commander for the Federal Incident Support Team, a release from the Fire Protection District said. Members of the team will be in Oklahoma Monday night and will begin coordinating assignments with local jurisdictions for the three task forces already en route to Moore.

Task forces from Tennessee, Texas and Nebraska are expected to arrive in Moore in the early morning, the release said.

Missouri Task Force 1 is the fourth-closest team to Moore and has been put on alert, the release said. The task force has readied a team of 80 people, which can deploy in a few hours should it be asked to respond to the situation in Moore.

The team includes four search dogs and more than 100,000 pounds of equipment. The team can support itself for 72 hours without outside help and could expect to be deployed for up to two weeks at a time.

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