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MCFRS’ Maryland Task Force 1 Deployed to Aid in Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts



While it now appears that Montgomery County will avoid the worst of the wind and rains associated with Hurricane Florence which is forecast to make landfall near the border between North and South Carolina in the next 48 hours, some of Montgomery County Bravest are headed south to be in position to help once the storm has moved well inland.


Today, Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 am, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service’s Maryland Task Force 1 (MD-TF1) Urban Search and Rescue Team left Rockville for its deployment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Columbia, South Carolina, in advance of the massive hurricane which is currently a Category 3 storm.

The team is comprised of 80 members, including those with heavy concrete structure collapse, wide-area search, and swift-water rescue capabilities. The caravan that departed this morning included tractor trailers, support vehicles, six K-9s, and six boats.

“I am very proud that Montgomery County is able to share the expert resources of the members of the Fire and Rescue Service’s MD-TF1 with other areas across the country during devastating emergency situations, said County Executive Ike Leggett. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who will experience the worst from Hurricane Florence. To the members of MD-TF1, thank you for your service and stay safe.”

MD-TF1 is one of a very few specialized search and rescue units in the country that has equipment, Hazmat Equip Push Packs (HEPP), to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials. The Hazmat pack assists the Urban Search and Rescue Teams whenever they encounter a hazardous material and contamination situations during their response.


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