Pa. task force on the road again, heading to Alabama to meet Michael

Many of the members were in South Carolina just a weeks weeks ago.

Tim Jimenez
October 10, 2018 - 7:12 am
Pa. Task Force 1 prepares to meet Hurricane Michael

Philadelphia Fire Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A group of first responders from the Philadelphia area, who just got back from assisteing with Hurricane Florence's aftermath in South Carolina, are back on the road again as Hurricane Michael approaches. 

Forty-five emergency professionals who are part of Pennsylvania-Task Force 1 are on their way to Montgomery, Alabama. They left Philadelphia on Tuesday night, a 950-mile trip to Maxwell Air Force Base, a staging area for Hurricane Michael response. Many members of the team are part of the Philadelphia Fire Department. 

Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy says they are well-equipped to save lives.

"What you can count on is rescues from houses that have been stagnated by the water," Murphy said.

This team won't be rusty. Many of the members were deployed to South Carolina for 19 days. So they've been home for not even two weeks now and are back at it again. 

It's tough being away from their families, Murphy said, but they are dedicated to getting people to safety and saving lives.