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Montgomery volunteers head to Texas to assist in lifesaving efforts

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MP1 5377The Montgomery County Swift Water rescue group readies to leave for Texas.                PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service personnel from Montgomery County are in Texas this week as part of Maryland Task Force 1 to assist with emergency response to Hurricane Harvey.

Maryland Task Force 1, composed of MCFRS personnel, is one of 28 Federal Emergency Management Agency groups around the country that FEMA organizes, manages and can choose to activate, said MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer.

“All 28 teams are engaged, most of which are actually involved with swift water rescues,” said Piringer. “This is the first time since 9/11, I believe, that all are engaged at the same time.”

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County hunting for federal snow removal funds

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Snow mound one 3-9-16Even with temps soaring near 70 degrees, a huge pile of snow still occupies some areas of the county. Now Montgomery is hoping for federal funds to pay for all the local snow cleanup. PHOTO BY DANICA ROEM

ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County is requesting more than $14 million from the federal government as repayment for snow removal following the Jan. 22-23 blizzard.

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