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'Our resources are stretched right now': Maryland agencies prepare to help with back-to-back hurricanes

'Our resources are stretched right now': Maryland agencies prepare to help with back-to-back hurricanes

After helping scores of victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, a team of Maryland first responders was on its way home this week when members got a call from the Federal Emergency Management Agency just as they crossed into Virginia.

The agency wanted to know “where they were, if they were available and whether they were willing to deploy to support Hurricane Irma activities,” said Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein.

Four members of Maryland Task Force 1, an urban search-and-rescue team based in Montgomery County, are now stationed in Georgia, prepping to launch into action should Irma make landfall this weekend as forecasters predict. Other members of the team...