LOS ANGELES (CNS) — In response to federal activation orders, many dozens of firefighters, urban search and rescue teams, along with dogs and support personnel, have been mobilized from across the Southland and deployed to Texas to join in rescue efforts and confront the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm dumping high volumes of water on the Lone Star state.

The Los Angeles Fire Department dispatched California Task Force I, its urban search and rescue team consisting of 70 people, plus 10 logistics and support personnel accompanied by specially trained dogs and assorted equipment to Houston, said fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

The task force assembled at Fire Station 88 at 5101 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. From there they were dispatched to Texas.