Tennessee Task Force One returns from Texas, gets activated for Florida

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Task Force 1's water rescue team is also on the way back from Texas.

Three non-affiliated members of the task force include a doctor, and canine handlers.

One of two teams with Indiana Task Force 1 that was sent to help with Hurricane Harvey is back home tonight.

"Everyone in Colorado Springs should be very proud of our firefighters, and all the members of Colorado Task Force 1".

His hazmat team is charged up and ready to go, but until Irma makes landfall in the U.S.it is not clear where they'll be operating.

If you follow them on Facebook, the team has been posting updates nearly hourly showing the whipping winds and rains they are encountering as Irma passed them just to the north.

"In (Hurricane) Katrina we were two hours out, but it took us eight hours to get in. just because of the damage we were trying to go through", Newman said.

Officials in the island chain south of the Florida mainland are expected to announce evacuations as Hurricane Irma moves west through the Caribbean toward the state. Supplies were put on standby at the local Greyhound bus station for their delivery to Houston.

Chelsea Marburger's non-profit, Project Purse Indianapolis, continued to stuff purses with toiletries for women in need. Currently, 8 members are in Texas.

The task force was thrown into action as soon as they arrived near Houston. If the call comes, they will have four hours to load up and head out and they say they will be ready.

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