TN Task Force returns from Houston; will head to FL for Irma

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tennessee Task Force One will leave for Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma on Thursday according to Memphis Fire Department.

The 80-member task force returned to Memphis from Houston on Tuesday after assisting with Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts.

The crew worked 12-hour days to assist with Harvey rescue efforts, but even during the rare moments they didn't have to rescue people, they said the appreciation they felt was overwhelming.

Team members said Texas residents were supportive and grateful to have their help.

"That's the life of a first responder," MFD Lt. Wayne Cooke said. "When we receive the call, we respond. They are excited about getting the call, but they are also excited about being home and possibly receiving a home-cooked meal."

The group will replenish its supplies. Some of the personnel will be rotated out, but others will be getting right back on the road.

Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 5 hurricane and is expected to impact the US mainland, including Florida.

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