By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Members of Pennsylvania’s Task Force 1 are on their way to South Florida to help residents as Hurricane Dorian approaches. The task force is one of 28 federal urban search-and-rescue teams overseen by FEMA.

The Philadelphia Fire Department sponsors Pennsylvania Task Force One.

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Forty-two members of the fire department along with 38 first responders from across the region, and lots of equipment are now headed to a staging area in Miami.

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“We bring everything, hazardous material equipment, boats for water rescue so we can do periodic tasks,” Lt. Beau Borkowski, from the Philadelphia Fire Dept. said.

Task Force 1 deployed to South Carolina in 2018 to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

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They also went to the Florida paddle to assist with the recovery from Hurricane Michael.