Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief
On September 24, Battalion Chief John Owings responded to Puerto Rico as a Division Supervisor on Southern California Incident Management Team 2. The Team assisted FEMA with Hurricane Maria disaster relief for 16 days. Some of the Team missions included opening roads, building foot bridges across washed out roads, and delivering food and drinking water to communities isolated by downed trees and mudslides. Also, the Team cleared debris from an aqueduct providing water to 70,000 people in the city of Isabel. While Battalion Chief Owings and the Team frequently respond to major wildland fires, this was the first time anyone in the Burbank Fire Department has traveled outside the contiguous United States to mitigate an emergency. This type of experience is valuable to the Department as we strengthen our readiness for natural disasters.