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Michigan Task Force sends crew to assist in Hurricane Irma response

Posted at 7:41 PM, Sep 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 06:43:14-04

The Michigan Task Force has deployed a group of 45 personnel from metro Detroit to assist in Hurricane Irma rescue efforts.

Crew members are expected to remain in Florida for 11 days as the state begins its recovery efforts.

According to a news release, the task force will travel with 18 vehicles capable of water rescues, searches, collapse and technical searches.

“This truly has been a collaborative effort by federal, state, county, local and public partners to make this deployment possible," said David McIntyre, the group's program manager. "Our members are highly trained and ready to serve the State of Florida as they deal with this catastrophic event."

The group includes personnel from multiple fire departments in metro Detroit, including Sterling Heights, Southfield, Garden City, Groveland Twp, Oakland Twp., North Oakland Fire Authority, Bloomfield Twp, Independence Twp, Detroit, Northville Twp, Dexter Area Fire Authority, Canton, Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Shelby Twp, Walker, St Clair Shores, Livonia, Ferndale, Green Oaks, and Eastpointe.

They are expected to arrive in Florida on Monday.