San Diego FFs, Red Cross volunteers to assist in Hurricane Dorian relief efforts

The San Diego task force specialty is dealing with "confined space search and rescue" scenarios within collapsed structures


By FireRescue1 Staff

SAN DIEGO — San Diego firefighters and Red Cross volunteers are setting up camp in Florida as Hurricane Dorian passes the Bahamas and heads toward the East coast.

San Diego Fire-Rescue sent a five-person task force to Florida to assist in Hurricane Dorian relief efforts while the Red Cross deployed over 1,600 volunteers, 110 emergency vehicles and nearly 100 tractor-trailers filled with supplies, CBS 8 reported

The five-person San Diego task force is equipped to deal with "confined space search and rescue" scenarios within collapsed structures and are trained to assist local efforts to mitigate large-scale manmade and natural disasters. The team was deployed to the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. The t has trained extensively to assist local agencies nationwide to mitigate large scale disasters. 

Hurricane Dorian has been slow-moving and was slamming the Bahamas on Monday with 165 mph winds. Red Cross officials estimate that millions of people will be impacted by the rain and flooding that Dorian will bring.

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