PHOENIX - The Phoenix Fire Department announced Tuesday that their Urban Search and Rescue team, AZTF-1, has been given orders to prepare to deploy to the east coast for Hurricane Sandy.
According to the fire department, if the team is deployed, they will travel across the country in an 11 or 12 vehicle caravan. They are currently on stand-by, waiting for further orders.
AZTF-1 is comprised of fire fighters and police officers from the Phoenix fire and police departments.
"More help is on the way from all corners of the nation," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a press release. "And the Phoenix Fire Department stands ready to aid in any way it can. We are in this together and Phoenix is ready to help."
According to officials, one of the assistant fire chiefs for the Phoenix Fire Department has already been deployed.
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