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Palo Alto Called on for Hurricane Relief

Palo Alto Called on for Hurricane Relief

Two members of the Palo Alto Fire Department were deployed on Sept. 3 to assist with Hurricane Dorian that developed near the Caribbean in the Atlantic Ocean. Palo Alto Fire Captain Joseph Penko and Engineer Chris Mosko make up part of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3 that was sent to the region.

Hurricane Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 storm in the northwestern portion of the Bahamas on Sept. 1, bringing with it 185 mph winds and storm surge of up to 23 feet. The storm stalled over the Bahamas for over 40 hours, causing massive destruction. It then moved northward toward the Carolinas as a Category 3 before heading up the coast to the Mid-Atlantic.

Since Dorian ended up missing the Carolinas, the 47-member Urban Search and Rescue Team and its five rescue dogs were ordered to return to the Bay Area on Sept. 7. The highly specialized, multi-fire agency unit is sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Last Updated: September 26, 2019