A task force made up of Montgomery, Frederick, Howard, Prince George’s, and Washington, D.C.’s fire and rescue departments, along with civilians, has deployed to assist Hurricane Ian Recovery efforts.
The Maryland Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue team, based in Montgomery County but made up of multiple county departments and civilians across the state of Maryland, is deployed to Fort Myers, Florida, assisting those affected by Hurricane Ian. The team is led by Chase Fabrizio, a battalion chief with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue and is one of 28 such teams in the country.
According to WTOP’s coverage of the task force, “since arriving in Orlando on Saturday [October 1], MD-TF1 has provided searches in Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, McGregor, Iona and near Sanibel Island.” The team will be deployed up to 14 days to continue to provide aid.
Team lead, Fabrizio, emphasized the human aspect of the work they are doing in the article and that providing guidance to people who have lost everything has been just as important as digging through the rubble.