RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — Riverside Fire Department sent a search and rescue team Saturday to help victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

The Urban Search and Rescue Team (US&R) Task Force 6 along with several other teams deployed from Riverside to assist with the rescue effort.

The 27-member team, led by task force leader Division Chief Steve McKinster, consists of a logistics specialist, rescue specialist, HAZMAT specialist, communications specialist, and K9 unit.

Puerto Rico was one of the hardest hit areas from Hurricane Maria and remains without power. The category 4 hurricane made landfall on Wednesday and has caused severe flooding and is at risk of a dam collapse.

“The team members are the best of the best and have trained many years for such a deployment,” according to Riverside Fire Department.

“I think what we are going to find is a lot of scared people that need our support,” says dog handler Jill Haynes.


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