Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service first responders are traveling to Puerto Rico Monday to help with Hurricane Fiona response efforts.
Hurricane Fiona battered Puerto Rico Sunday knocking out power to the island. The Category 1 storm made landfall Sunday afternoon causing flooding and landslides, according to The Washington Post.
President Biden declared an Emergency Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico on Saturday. The Maryland Task Force 1 was activated late Saturday night. The FEMA urban search and rescue team is based in Montgomery County and includes firefighters and some civilians from Montgomery and surrounding counties.
The team expected to travel on Sunday, but their flight was canceled due to weather.
FYI (9/19) previous flight cancelled, @MontgomeryCoMD @mcfrs @fema Maryland Task Force 1 (MDTF-1) & Incident Support Team (IST) staged at BWI in Baltimore awaiting flight to PR, NOTE: NE TF-1 has been activated, as well pic.twitter.com/3hTIKcUu55
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) September 19, 2022
Update – Maryland Task Force One @fema MDTF-1 activated along w/ Incident Support Team, for Hurricane #FionaPR – Status of MDTF-1 … presently staged stateside (due to weather conditions in Puerto Rico affecting flight) @MontgomeryCoMD @mcfrs @HCDFRS @PGFDNews https://t.co/fdVg4NzyFr pic.twitter.com/Q3nOr6WqJl
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) September 18, 2022