Excerpts from WGNTV.com:

Twenty-two members of the Chicago Fire Department boarded a United flight to San Juan on Wednesday to deliver some much needed supplies. The firefighters are using 10 days of unpaid vacation time to do this.

They’re bringing emergency supplies and communications equipment.

Most of the firefighters have personal ties to Puerto Rico, with either family or friends living on the island, and are eager to help. Twenty of them are bilingual.

They are set to partner up with the San Juan Fire Department to do whatever they can to assist in the island’s recovery.

The 21 men and one woman are joined by Alderman Ariel Reboyras for an effort planned jointly by Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Mayor Emanuel, the volunteers. and United Airlines who is covering all travel costs.

The city will assess whether to send another contingent based on the next 10 days.

thanks Dan