Arizona rescue unit going to Georgia for Irma aftermath

Arizona rescue unit going to Georgia for Irma aftermath

Arizona rescue unit going to Georgia for Irma aftermath

Harvey entered the Texas Coast as a category 4 hurricane and then became a major tropical storm, dropping a record-breaking 51.88 inches of rain on the state, making it the largest single rain event in USA history.

"This is what we train for, so whenever there's an opportunity we're always ready to go", Pitcher said.

It's hard to believe that Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Houston less than two weeks ago.

At the fire department's maintenance shop near the Lincoln Airport, Battalion Chief Kendall Warnock's crew put fire apparatus work on hold so his mechanics could address water damage to the team's pickups.

According to preliminary numbers, Ohio Task Force 1 traveled more than 3,000 miles and rescued at least 173 people and 40 animals. After a short break home with family and making needed equipment repairs, they are back on the road.

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As of now, Ohio Task Force 1 is on standby, but is expecting to be called to respond to Hurricane Irma.

"It's what we do", Ganger said, adding that about 90 percent of the people on the task force are firefighters.

Gale Blomenkamp, the task force spokesperson, said the seven-member team flew out of Kansas City early Saturday morning, heading to Puerto Rico.

After meeting at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center Monday afternoon, the 45 member task force had originally left for San Juan on Tuesday. It's not known how long the deployment for Hurricane Irma will last. The full task force is still awaiting word from FEMA about where it will be sent.

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