Governor Wolf Announces Two Pennsylvania Personnel Will Deploy to Texas in Support of Federal Response to Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that two people from Pennsylvania are en route to College Station, Texas, to support federal response operations to Hurricane Harvey. The storm is expected to bring more than two feet of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast.

“We can only imagine the impact this storm will have on the lives of people living and working in the path of this storm,” said Governor Wolf. “We are proud that we have highly trained people here in Pennsylvania who have the knowledge and skills to support the response to this massive storm.”

Randy Padfield is the Deputy Director for Response at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and will serve as Division/Group Supervisor. Ken Pagurek is a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department and Team Leader of PA-TF1; he will serve as Urban Search and Rescue Specialist.

The two men are members of PA Task Force 1, which is part of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System, a federal resource that can be mobilized to deploy to incidents anywhere in the country. Their mission during this deployment will be to support the federal Incident Support Team in supervising the activities of Urban Search and Rescue Teams on the ground.

Generally, deployments last a maximum of two weeks. However, no time frame has been indicated for their return to Pennsylvania.

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