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South Florida First Responders Head to Puerto Rico After Earthquakes

South Florida search and rescue task force heads to Puerto Rico after earthquakes

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First responders from South Florida have responded to Puerto Rico to give assistance after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the island.

A task force with the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team was deploying at the request of the Puerto Rican government. Miami Fire Rescue officials said a 45-person team and a cache of equipment along with three K-9 units were headed there.

"Our role is search and rescue, so what we bring is equipment to facilitate our ability to do that - search cameras, equipment to dig and burrow, and rescue trapped occupants," Miami Fire Battalion Chief David Duenas said.

The group hasn't been assigned a specific mission yet, but Chief Joseph Zahralban said they will stay as long as they're needed.

"Typically we stay for up to 14 days but we'll stay for as long as they need us to and we have provisions in order to support ourselves for that duration," Zahralban said.

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