Five Baltimore County Fire Department members The Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teamremain in the Carolinas, assisting with rescue operations related to catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.

Pennsylvania Task Force #1

Two of those members -- Fire Lt. Michael Szczesniakowsi and Fire Lt. Brandon Watkins -- are deployed with the Pennsylvania Task Force 1 (PATF-1), a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team based in Philadelphia.  They were activated September 10 and now are working with the National Guard in Dillon, SC, assisting with water rescues and evacuations.

A third member of PATF-1 who deployed last week, Fire Capt. Kelvin Seigle, returned early due to a personal emergency.

Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team

Three BCoFD personnel who are members of the Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (MDHART) were deployed under mutual aid agreements and currently are positioned at a base of operations in Raleigh, NC. (The entire team is pictured above.) Our MDHART members have been engaged in missions all morning.

Fire Lt. David Gouak, EMT/FF Shane Sierakowski and EMT/FF Andrew Hays are specially trained rescue personnel who work with the Maryland Army National Guard and engage in helicopter-based rescue missions under difficult conditions.