Oklahoma Task Force Swift Water Rescue team heading to North Carolina

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Task Force Swift Water Rescue team has left early Friday morning for North Carolina to help with rescue efforts following Hurricane Florence.

A team of 20 firefighters, police officers and support staff from all over central Oklahoma headed out to Raleigh, North Carolina to help with water rescues following Hurricane Florence making landfall.

"We train for this many, many hours," said Oklahoma City Fire Department District Chief Brad Smith.

Now, all of the training will be put to the test.

"There's a certain amount of adrenaline involved. The main thing is we want to make sure our guys our safe as we're preforming these rescues," Smith said. "It's going to be a big effort. It's going to be similar to what we experienced last year with Hurricane Harvey."

Smith said they have a seven-day deployment and, with travel time, they'll be gone for a total of 11 days.

"Our Helicopter Search and Rescue team has already been deployed. They're actually currently in Raleigh," Smith said.

OG&E crews and local Red Cross members are already on the East Coast helping with efforts, as well.

"To have the opportunity to actually go and perform our schools and help out, it's a good feeling," Smith said.

The Swift Water Rescue team left Oklahoma City for Raleigh just before 8 Friday morning.

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