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The crew will stage in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Crews from Phoenix fire leaving for Hurricane Florence. 
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Hurricane Florence: Phoenix fire crews heading to North Carolina

A search and rescue team from the Phoenix Fire Department hit the road Tuesday to assist with Hurricane Florence on the East Coast.

Arizona Urban Search and Rescue Team 1 has been activated in anticipation of landfall on Thursday. 

RELATED: Evacuations ordered on North and South Carolina coasts; top winds up to 140 MPH

Thirty-five Phoenix fire members, 10 support personnel, and two members of Phoenix police are heading to Raleigh, North Carolina. 

The team will have equipment for a larger 80-person team if needed. 

There are also about 20 people from the Phoenix American Red Cross that are heading to North Carolina. 

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