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South Florida Rescue Crews Heading North to Assist With Areas in Hurricane Michael's Path

What to Know

  • Florida Task Force 2 is one of 20 federal teams that respond anywhere in the country.

South Florida first responders are preparing for Hurricane Michael – not here in our area, but by deploying the panhandle ahead of the potential impact the storm may bring.

“Our main objective will be search and rescue to assist in any individuals that stayed in the area that may need assistance, whether they’re trapped in their homes or stuck my flood water,” said assistant Miami Fire Chief Scott Dean.

Florida Task Force 2 is one of 20 federal teams that respond anywhere in the country. Fire crews on this team come from Miami, Broward and West Palm. The assets include everything they could possibly need to be self-sufficient.

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“From heavy rescue equipment to swift water boats that we put in the water, to hazmat and communications equipment,” Dean added.

Task Force 2 isn’t the only South Florida crew heading north - so is the Miami-Dade fire rescue’s urban search and rescue team. The group is sending 45 members after returned from the Carolinas just two days ago to help during Hurricane Florence.

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