Our friends in the Treasure Coast and beyond can count on cleanup help from some of South Florida's finest in the coming days – and NBC 6 got an exclusive behind the scenes look of what's headed their way.
More than 80 firefighters from Miami and Fort Lauderdale are chasing the storm's trail up Florida’s coast. The first responders are from multiple agencies, including Miami and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews as well as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the Broward Sheriff's Office.
These men and women are used to saving lives as their specialty is search and rescue. But they're well equipped for whatever they find.
"We got tractor trailers, we got front end loaders, we got all kinds of equipment that's going to deploy so we can assist in any recovery that the state of Florida needs,” said Pete Gomez, a member of the Search and Rescue team
Overnight in Melbourne, Matthew's winds tore apart trees and battered homes even while the center of the storm remained off the coast.
Now the South Florida task force is on the way, waiting on final orders for where they'll start helping first.