PRESS RELEASE – October 2, 2017
Published on Oct 03, 2017 at 02:35p.m.
After 24 Days - Lone Task Force 3 Rescue Team Member returns home from Puerto Rico to the Bay Area!
After 24 days, Carl Levon Kustin has finally returned home to the Bay Area this weekend from Puerto Rico. The lone member of California Task Force 3 (CA-TF3), one of the Bay Area’s Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Teams located in Menlo Park, Carl was first deployed for Hurricane Irma and was based out of Puerto Rico conducting Search and Rescue operations to places like Saint Thomas and other Islands. Once those operations were completed, he was scheduled to come home until Hurricane Maria appeared to gain strength and then directly hit the small island, causing historic damage
Task Force 3 member Carl Kustin coordinates by radio with a Helicopter needed to extract people found in the hills of Puerto Rico
Task Force 3 member Carl Kustin coordinates with other members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Incident Support Team as they coordinate Federal Rescue efforts in Puerto Rico using a grid search pattern identified on the map.