On the heels of Harvey, Ohio Task Force 1 on standby to redeploy for Hurricane Irma
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Members of Ohio Task Force 1 are on their way back home from helping victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. But they might not be home for long.
The task force said it is expected to return home Tuesday around 9 or 10 p.m. and then remain on standby to potentially redeploy as Hurricane Irma barrels toward the U.S. The team has not received any official orders so far, but members have been told they need to be redeployed if needed.
Members of Ohio Task Force 1 have been helping victims of Hurricane Harvey in Katy, Texas. The team deployed August 25, the same day Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm. The team spent the next 10 days helping with both water and land rescues, among other recovery efforts.
"It was everything that they had trained us and told us what it would be like," said Dayton Fire District Chief Adam Landis. "Plans change and things happen. It's a lot of work, and we were able to go down there and do a lot of good."
"It's always good to get back home," said Steve Shupert, with Dayton Fire. "It's always good to know that you're home safe and dry here, but those folks are still working through a lot of stuff back down in Texas."
As of Tuesday, Hurricane Irma strengthened into a Category 5 storm and is tied for the second strongest hurricane in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour. FOX 45 Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said gusts of over 200 miles per hour could be possible.