Today I visited with Austin Fire Dep. Batallion Chief Denzer about his recent experiences fighting the summer wildfires in California. Denzer, along with nearly 100 other Texas firefighters, bravely answered the call to assist the exhausted California forces and their depleted resources during one of the worst wildfires in the state's history. This deployment was an activation of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS), and was the first official deployment of Texas firefighters to an out of state wildfire. Many members of the Texas delegation were from the Central Texas area, and several had fought the devastating Bastrop fires. Before the team left for California, I met with Chief Denzer to give him several Texas and Come and Take It flags to remind the crew of home and to let the people affected by the fires know that Texas was there to help. The crew members proudly displayed their flags on their rigs while they were hard at work, and many California citizens welcomed the team with Texas and American flags of their own. The appreciation and support of the Californians, and the amazing teamwork of our two states' first responders was truly remarkable and effective.