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Phoenix Fire Department sending task force to help Hurricane Dorian response

Phoenix Fire Department
Posted at 3:42 PM, Aug 30, 2019

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Fire Department is sending a crew to help with response efforts for Hurricane Dorian.

Phoenix Fire said its Arizona Task Force 1 would leave Friday afternoon en route to Tallahassee, Florida.

Arizona Task Force 1 is one of 28 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) task forces in the United States, as described on the group’s website.

Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit the state as soon as Monday as a possible Category 4 storm after blowing through the northern Bahamas on Sunday.

Experts say Dorian could be the strongest hurricane to hit Florida's east coast since Hurricane Andrew.

The Red Cross is also sending as many as 14 volunteers from its southwest region to assist people Dorian's path.

AZ-TF1 has a long history of responding to emergencies across the country:

  • 1994 Northridge earthquake, Los Angeles County, CA
  • 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2001 World Trade Center, New York City, New York
  • 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
  • 2005 Hurricane Katrina
  • 2008 Hurricane Ike/Gustav