Kansas first responders deployed to Florida for hurricane relief

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) -

An Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team consisting of 42 first responders from multiple agencies across Kansas has been deployed to Florida for Hurricane Dorian response efforts. 

A press release from the office of the State Fire Marshal says the team will leave Monday night and is expected to spend 14 days in Florada. Kansas Task Force 1 will be taking qualified emergency response equipment, including floodwater/swiftwater equipment and full collapse rescue cache.

“History has shown us how important an immediate and effective emergency response is during catastrophic weather events when it comes to saving lives and property,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “We are sending an extremely trained and qualified group of Kansas first responders to assist the State of Florida as it faces this monstrous storm. It is my sincere hope that this team will provide the assistance needed in the safest way possible, and that they all return to Kansas as quickly and safely as possible.”

The team is prepared to rescue any people and animals that have been stranded by rising flood waters. They are also equipped to provide basic life support and medical care while assisting any other search and rescue efforts.

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