PA Task Force One Returns to Philadelphia after Federal Deployment for Harvey and Irma Response
September 20, 2017
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that members of PA Task Force One, Urban Search and Rescue Task Force returned to their home station in Philadelphia after several weeks on federal deployment to assist first responders after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Hurricane Irma hit Florida.
Five members remain deployed as part of a federal Incident Support Team currently stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico to provide support to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in anticipation of significant impacts from Hurricane Maria. Their mission is to coordinate operations of federal resources currently on the ground there.
“The men and women of Task Force One make tremendous sacrifices in time away from their loved ones in both training and actual deployments,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re proud that we can help our fellow Americans during the incredibly difficult response and recovery process.”
The team has the capability to conduct water rescues and consists of highly trained personnel in search and rescue such as heavy rigging and structural specialists, hazardous materials, specialized communications, medical personnel and canine handlers, as well as staff who will aid the team with ground support once they arrive on site.
It is not known how long deployed members will remain in Puerto Rico. PA TF1 US&R is just one of numerous task forces from multiple states to receive federal activation orders.