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PA crews previously tackling Harvey, new crews from PA assist in Irma response

A Pennsylvania National Guard CH-47 Chinook and crew members repositioned from their Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Texas, rest at the Air National Guard Base in Gulfport, Mississippi Sept. 9 before moving forward to assist in the response efforts of Hurricane Irma in Florida. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. George Roach)

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – Two helicopters and crew members previously in Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts have been redirected to the Hurricane Irma affected areas, and two additional helicopters and crew members have left Pennsylvania to join Florida relief efforts.

The Pennsylvania National Guard states that they now have more than 40 members and 4 aircraft helping with the response to Hurricane Irma.

The helicopters and Pennsylvania crew members will be among thousands of National Guard and first responders in the areas that were victim to Irma's wrath. The PA National Guard says that they expect these crews to participate in delivering supplies to stranded citizens and provide a means of emergency transportation when necessary.

The PA National Guard also stated that they have members on duty at PA's joint emergency operations center in order to assist with planning and coordination, where they are in constant communication with the National Guard Bureau and PEMA.

“We’re proud of our Guardsmen as they operate the heavy lift Chinook helicopters,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, “These assets provide a life line to communities that may otherwise be cut off due to storm damage. This is what we train for; this is why America has a National Guard.”

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