Midland firefighters showed their LA brethren some Texas hospitality

A Los Angeles Fire Department Swift Water Rescue truck drives up Blanchard Canyon Road as more rain from winter storms approaches the Tujunga area of Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. Many hillside neighborhoods are under mandatory evacuation orders due to possible mudslide risk. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

The swift water rescue team from Los Angeles was helping Houston post-Harvey, and were planning on heading back to California when Mother Nature called again.

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Stopped in Midland, the team learned that they were being deployed to another natural disaster–this time, assisting in Florida post-Hurricane Irma.

“We were planning on spending the night in El Paso, and when we got the call we were being re-deployed into Hurricane Irma,” said Assistant Chief Steve Hissong with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

And that’s when the Midland Fire Department stepped in.

Midland first-responders helped shore up their L.A. brethren’s equipment up for the night, and gave them rides to a nearby hotel. The next morning, before they set off for Alabama, the Texas firefighters fed them a home-cooked meal.

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“We haven’t had a really good meal in almost two weeks and that was a good way to say OK, let’s start over,”  said Hissong.

A home cooked meal and a welcoming smile… it’s the Texas way.

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