Updated: County’s Rescue Crews Sending Help for Hurricane Harvey

UPDATED 8.28.17:  Some members from Maryland Task Force 1 is headed to Texas.

Original 8.25.17 As Hurricane Harvey intensifies in parts of the Gulf Coast, crews from Montgomery County’s Fire and Rescue Service are preparing to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Maryland’s Task Force Once team has sent several personnel to assist FEMA’s Incident Management Team (IMT) and Incident Support Team (IST), according to Pete Piringer, spokesperson for Montgomery County’s Fire and Rescue Service.

Maryland’s Task Force One FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team has been placed on standby and not yet deployed.

There are 28 search and rescue teams in the United States that are sponsored by local agencies to assist with disasters.  Teams from Tennessee, Missouri, Ohio, California, Nebraska, Utah, Indiana and Colorado have been moved to a stationed area near San Antonio, Texas, according to Piringer.

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Mitti Hicks

About Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at MHicks@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter @mittimegan.

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