Pennsylvania sends troops, water rescue team for storm help

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 13, 2018 3:17 PM

FILE: A Pennsylvania National Guard CH-47 Chinook and crew members repositioned from their Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Texas, rest at the Air National Guard Base in Gulfport, Mississippi Sept. 9 before moving forward to assist in the response efforts of Hurricane Irma in Florida. (Courtesy: U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. George Roach)

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania is sending National Guard troops, helicopters and other specialists and equipment to help with the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Florence.

Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that the deployment involves more than 25 guardsmen, six technicians from the state Fish and Boat Commission and four helicopters, including two UH-60 Black Hawks and two CH-47 Chinooks.

The Guard personnel have been leaving this week from Fort Indiantown Gap and an airport in Johnstown to join others at a staging area for post-storm efforts in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Fish and Boat technicians are with the Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team. They're deploying with a rescue truck and trailer that contains inflatable boats and other rescue equipment.

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