A total of six firefighters from the Pasadena Fire Department are heading to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Friday in an effort to provide aid and relief to the island during a six-day mission.
Deploying from Fire Station 33 in Pasadena, three firefighters left the station at 4 a.m. to meet up with the other three members from their volunteer team, who had already landed in Miami.
The volunteer team will provide a water filtration system to areas considered affected by Hurricane Maria the strongest. They will also provide food, water and medical aid.
They said they look most forward to helping the victims of the hurricane and making a positive impact.
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Puerto Rico was slammed by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm at its peak, on Sept. 20, devastating the island and claiming 16 lives. The storm, which reached winds of 155 mph, completely knocked out power and water from the island.
Diesel fuel, money and food have also been scarce since the storm made landfall.