Urban search and rescue team responds to hurricane-ravaged Houston and Florida


KEY LARGO, Florida — When Oakland Fire Battalion Chief James Bowron packed his bag for a two-week deployment to help Texas recover from one of its most devastating hurricanes, he never imagined his journey would turn into a 23-day, 8,000-mile marathon to help Florida do the same.

“From Oakland, California, all the way to the southernmost tip of Florida, it’s been constant moving,” Bowron said after the crew spent Day 19 clearing brush and chainsawing downed trees leveled by the back-to-back hurricanes that brought more than 160 Bay Area search-and-rescue specialists to the Lone Star and Sunshine states. “It’s been very hard. It’s very taxing on our team.”

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