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Ohio first responders go to North Carolina – WLWT Cincinnati

Ohio first responders go to North Carolina – WLWT Cincinnati

A second team from Ohio Task Force One is on its way to North Carolina.

The specialized urban search and rescue team left its head office in Kettering, Ohio Wednesday.

The 16-man team will focus on rescue operations for water and are based in Raleigh.

The team members could spend a few weeks on the path of the hurricane. Initially they were able to carry out rescue operations quickly, but they were able to continue operations beyond the worst storm, control flooded houses and ensure that no one was left behind.

Ryan Marzheuser usually fights in Covington, but as a member of Task Force One he responds to hurricanes Sandy in New York and Matthew in North Carolina.

"Many boat operations, attracting many people from homes and making them OK, getting water, whatever they need and taking them out of the area," Marzheuser said.

The team has seen hurricanes before, but nothing resembled the preparations for Florence.

"They are certainly concerned about this storm by the amount of people they have sent – it is unprecedented," said Phil Sinewe with Task Force One.

With hilly terrain in North Carolina it can be difficult to drive around and the team can be isolated.

Team members will be on the ground in the immediate aftermath of the storm, ready to help in what may be dangerous conditions.

"You have a fast current, you may have limited clearance, maybe you have high-voltage cables, you really need a good team," said Nick Kuntz, with Huber Heights Fire.

Another team from Task Force One left Tuesday morning and is much closer to the North Carolina coast.

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