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Diana Rocco reporting live (WABC)

First responders from New York are heading south to help with hurricane relief efforts.

Members of the New York City Police Department, New York City Fire Department, and city Office of Emergency Management personnel, who make up FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue New York Task Force 1, deployed to Georgia to assist during Hurricane Matthew.

"Depending on what happens on the coast, whether it be in Florida, South Carolina or in Georgia, they'll probably deploy our teams out as needed in those cities and states," FDNY Battalion Chief Joseph Downey said.

Downey is the leader of New York Task Force 1.

"We're going to go out with a 45-member team," he said. "Our primary mission down there is going to be water operations. We carry four hard-bottom boats, two inflatable boats and our rescue specialists are all swift water trained."

The group is fully self-sufficient and is made up of firefighters, EMS members and NYPD Emergency Services Unit, Communications and K-9 Officers.

The team expects to be at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., by 5 p.m. Friday.

New Jersey State Police also deployed 80 members of its of New Jersey Task Force 1 to assist with search and rescue operations.

Red Cross volunteers in New York were deploying to the Southeast Friday to support hurricane relief.
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