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A Virginia Beach-based search-and-rescue team is scheduled to return Monday night after a four-day, two-state deployment for Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.
Virginia Task Force 2, an urban search-and-rescue team made up of fire-department members from Hampton Roads and across Virginia, left Thursday evening from the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center, 928 S. Birdneck Rd. Participants in VA-TF2, as the team is known, include engineers, medical professionals, K-9 handlers and experts in logistics and communications.
Mobilized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency ahead of the storm, the 80-member team divided its time between Florida and Georgia.
“They’re coming home tonight,” said Art Kohn, public information officer for the Virginia Beach Fire Department.
VA-TF2 arrived in Lake City, Florida Friday morning, and waited for assignments as the hurricane worked its way through the northern part of the state, a release said. The task force moved to Georgia’s Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Air Force Base on Saturday, Oct. 8 and helped with damage assessments on Tybee Island on Sunday, Oct. 9.
FEMA demobilized VA-TF2 on Monday.
The bulk of the team members are slated to return to Virgina Beach at 10 p.m.
Twelve members of VA-TF2 remain deployed with the East Coast Incident Support Team Cache, the release said.