WHAT: PA-Task Force 1 deploys to Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian
WHO: Members of PA-Task Force 1
Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 30 between 4 and 6 p.m.
WHERE: 6601 New State Road, Philadelphia
Eighty members of Pennsylvania-Task Force 1 will deploy to Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian. The Philadelphia Fire Department sponsors PA-TF1, which is one of 28 federal urban search-and-rescue teams overseen by FEMA.
This deployment of PA-TF1 includes 42 PFD members and 38 first responders from across the region. Their convoy of buses and trucks filled with resources and equipment will travel more than 1,200 miles to a staging base in Miami.
Last year, PA-TF1 deployed to South Carolina for 19 days in September to assist those affected by flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. The team also deployed to the Florida panhandle for 10 days in October to help after Hurricane Michael.