Urban search-and-rescue team members from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District were scheduled to return to the Bay Area today (Sept. 14) after responding to Hawaii for Hurricane Olivia, just as other team members prepare to deploy to the East Coast for Hurricane Florence, officials said.
Thirty-six members of California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3 were scheduled to return home Friday morning from Kona, Hawaii. At the same time, other team members were standing by or being deployed to North and South Carolina.
"Last year, we responded to three hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico," said Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman. "So far this year, we have responded to Hawaii twice in the last three weeks, and now have personnel either ready for response or en route to the Carolinas ..." all while other firefighters and emergency crews continue to battle California wildfires, he said.