Baltimore County sends crew to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Posted at 11:17 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 23:17:36-04

Five Baltimore County Fire Department personnel and one Health & Human Services employee have been deployed to flood-ravaged Texas to help in Hurricane Harvey relief.

On Wednesday county officials say Fire Lt. Byron Welker and Steve Yealdhall are now in Katy, Texas, just west of Houston. They have been assigned to boat operations as part of the FEMA’s Pennsylvania Task Force.

Last weekend EMS Lt. Kevin Palmer and EMS Lt. Rick Blubaugh were deployed with the Disaster Medical Assistance Team to help provide medical care to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Fire Capt. John P Amrhein and Terry Sapp had been deployed Tuesday also with the Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

"Our hearts are with everyone affected by this unimaginable disaster," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "We are so grateful to be able to contribute to the recovery effort.

Baltimore County has a long history of providing resources in times of national emergency. Over the years, BCoFD members have responded to disasters including Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero in New York.