DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt called out the National Guard to assist with winter storm recovery efforts.

Ten Guardsmen and four vehicles arrived in Durant on Wednesday afternoon. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Scott Hampton said they've been a huge help.

Law enforcement is only calling on the Guard when someone's life is in danger. They responded to two calls on Thursday morning.

The Oklahoma National Guard helped the Oklahoma Highway patrol stabilize an 18-wheeler that slid off the highway in Calera on February 3, 2022.

"Their vehicles are built for heavy use," Hampton explained. "With them being ready to go at a moment's notice, being positioned here at headquarters, it just makes the time delay of getting a heavy vehicle or heavy wrecker on scene a little bit faster."

Hampton added that rapid response could help prevent potential crashes.

The Guard unit is expected to remain in Bryan County through Friday.