According to the Phoenix Fire Department, the Arizona Urban Search and Rescue Team 1 has been activated in anticipation of Hurricane Florence's landfall on the East Coast later this week.
Capt. Kenny Overton said 35 Phoenix Fire Department members, along with 10 support personnel including two members of the Phoenix Police Department, will make up a Type 3 team that will deploy over the road.
"They've been told to anticipate everything," said Overton. "We are just ready for whatever could possibly happen in this situation."
The team will possess equipment meant for a larger 80 person Type 1 team, which may be requested later depending on conditions.
"We've brought multiple trained personnel," said Overton. "They've been training for this all year long, day in and day out, this is what they do."
Overton said the team will pre-stage in Raleigh, North Carolina prior to landfall, which is expected Thursday evening.
The team left Phoenix from their Special Operations Training Facility early Tuesday morning.
"This team has been to a lot of hurricanes, Hurricane Harvey most notably," said Overton.
Their team isn't the only one from Phoenix headed to the East Coast as roughly 20 volunteers from the Red Cross in Arizona and the Southwest will be headed to help with Florence recovery efforts
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