Montgomery County Rescue Teams To Assist With Hurricane Laura Response


Some Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service first responders are among emergency personnel from across the country heading down to Louisianna to help with Hurricane Laura response efforts.

About 45 specialized members from the Montgomery County MDTF-1 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team are heading to Baton Rouge, La. A caravan of more than a dozen vehicles—including two tractor-trailers, two box trucks, passenger vans, and equipment trailers—departed from Rockville around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

According to The Weather Channel, as of Thursday morning, Hurricane Laura is moving inland across Louisiana with damaging winds, flooding rain, and tornadoes after a category four landfall.

MCFRS Spokesperson Pete Piringer says this is the first deployment during a pandemic, and extra vehicles were added to the caravan to allow for social distancing. Piringer shared a video of the caravan departing in the tweet below:

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