TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - As Tropical Storm Florence bears down on the east coast rescue crews are working to help those who are stranded in their homes.
Now fire departments in our area are offering to give relief to overworked rescue workers.
The Toledo Fire Department has offered to send six highly trained firefighters to help with rescue missions.
The firefighters the department offered to send have special levels of medical and water rescue training.
They would go down with equipment that would allow them to be self-sufficient for 72-hours.
Last year, when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, eight firefighters and technical rescue workers were sent by TFD to help with rescue operations.
Having past experiences like this makes the Toledo Fire Department stand out when these natural disasters occur.
"One of the things that make us appealing to the emergency medical agencies is that we've been through this. We understand what we need to take with us, we understand the areas we will be operating ing. So we have a level of understanding that maybe some rescue agencies don't other than training," said Pvt. Sterling Rahe with TFD.
The Toledo Fire Department is waiting to hear back from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency if they will send those six workers down to help those along the east coast.