Tennessee Emergency Management (TEMA), Tennessee's Fire Marshal's Office, and another 14 state and local agencies are providing swift water rescue personnel and equipment to South Carolina today to aid with catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Joaquin.

One of the agencies being sent to South Carolina is Bradley County Fire and Rescue.

The state is sending nine swift water rescue teams to South Carolina, with a total of 83 personnel and more than 20 boats and water craft. This is Tennessee's largest support effort to another state in an emergency since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

“Tennessee has some of the best-trained, most-capable swift water rescue teams in the Southeast,” said TEMA Deputy Commissioner David Purkey. 

State and local agencies deploying personnel and equipment to South Caroline include: 

•    Ashland City Fire Department
•    Bradley County Fire and Rescue
•    Brentwood Fire Department
•    Dickson Fire Department
•    Franklin Fire Department
•    Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Response Squad
•    Knoxville Fire Department
•    City of Lavergne
•    Metro Nashville Fire Department
•    Montgomery County Emergency Medical Service
•    Rutherford County
•    Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency Special Operations Response Team
•    Williamson County Sheriff’s Office
•    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency 

The press release states at 11 a.m., ET, four of Tennessee’s teams had arrived in Columbia, SC, and another five teams deployed from TEMA’s East Regional Office in Knoxville at 4 p.m., ET, to arrive this evening in Columbia. 

South Carolina continues to have deteriorating conditions and expects upwards of 10 or more inches of rain in the next 12 to 24 hours as Hurricane Joaquin moves north and northwest away from the U.S. East Coast.