Bay Area Harvey Heroes deployed to Florida for Hurricane Irma

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As people evacuate Florida anticipating Hurricane Irma, help from the Bay Area is already on its way. (KGO-TV)

As people evacuate Florida anticipating Hurricane Irma, help from the Bay Area is already on its way.

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The Urban Search and Rescue Task Force barely made it out of Texas helping with Harvey damage when they got the call late Tuesday night.
Around two dozen people are already on the road to Florida, and more than 50 will be flying out first thing Thursday morning.

As Hurricane Irma marches toward the mainland, Bay Area crews race to meet her on the front line.

"We initially started heading toward home and things with Irma changed. We ended up turning around," said Oakland Fire Battalion Chief James Bowron. "So we made it to New Mexico and then we got a phone call late last night."

The four rescue boats and two zodiacs, normally parked in an Oakland warehouse never made it back. Equipment has already been shipped out.
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"It's definitely uncommon to have that quick of a turnaround," said Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Robert Lipp.

The other task members that fly out Thursday morning will stage in Alabama until they receive mission orders, unphased by back to back deployments.
"There's a sense of honor and pride in that we're motivated to be able to go out and hopefully be able to help some of these people," Lipp added.

The Bay Area won't go uncovered as firefighters come from 18 agencies, plus there are several civilian members.

"One of the great things about having that many agencies is that the impact on any one agency is minimal," Lipp said.

PG&E is sending 100 people Thursday morning to help restore power in Florida.

The California Coast Guard's 129th Rescue Wing will also be deployed like they were during Harvey.

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