Approximately 80 Los Angeles Fire Department authorities traveled to Florida to help Floridians battle Hurricane Irma, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The firefighters who traveled are all members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department said.
The southern California deployments are three of the state’s eight search-and-rescue crews and other deployment crews in the state include Irvine, San Diego and Oakland, according to officials.
Many members were previously in Texas performing rescues during Hurricane Harvey.
“We’re here, we’re ready to go,” said Amy Bastman, a Los Angeles firefighter and member of the FEMA California Task Force. “There are several teams throughout Florida and other areas stationed and ready to go. We have a large amount of personnel coming down. We’re able to make a lot of effective rescues, especially over in Texas where flooding was a major issue.”
Local Florida man Franco Powers said he was overcome with emotion on Twitter after spotting a LAFD truck traveling southbound on the Florida turnpike.
— Franco Powers (@FrancoPowers) September 9, 2017
Hurricane Irma’s strong winds and outer rain bands hit the Florida Keys on Saturday as a Category 3 storm and an estimated 6.3 million residents have been ordered to evacuate, according to CNN.
As much as 20 inches of rain is expected through Wednesday across the state of Florida and southeast Georgia, and maximum wind gusts will be above 120 mph for much of southwest and central Florida, experts told CNN.