An elite group of first responders from Virginia has landed in Puerto Rico to assist victims of Hurricane Irma.
Eighty members of Fairfax County's Urban Search and Rescue Team, also known as Virginia Task Force 1, went to Mobile, Alabama, on Wednesday, where they staged until they were deployed to Puerto Rico, arriving early Saturday morning.
The team, which was activated by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, includes swift-water rescue specialists, canine units and other search-and-rescue resources.
A smaller team of 14 recently returned to Virginia after spending two weeks helping victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
VA-TF1 has arrived in Puerto Rico. #HurricaneIrma @ffxfirerescue pic.twitter.com/rZ484Cm50o— VA-TF1 / USA-1 (@VATF1) September 9, 2017