Days after returning from Carolinas, Va. Task Force 2 heads to Florida for Hurricane Michael


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Members of Virginia Task Force 2 are headed to Florida ahead of Hurricane Michael.

It’s a quick turnaround for some of the members that are deploying. Many just returned Sunday night after spending nearly a month helping with recovery efforts in the Carolinas.

“We had plenty of people Roger up and ready to go even though they got back a couple of days ago. Everyone’s cued up and ready to go. This is what we do. This is what we train for, practice for. Everybody wants to go out the door,” said John Rigolo, who’s with the team.

Rigolo said that the mission ready package water team deployed and will drive 13 hours to the Florida panhandle.

There, they will wait out the storm.

“The big concern is surge and rain, which then leads to flooding. The equipment we’re taking and personnel are water rescue related. We’ll be able to work and perform in a water environment,” he said.

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Art Kohn, the Virginia Beach Fire Department public information officer, said it’s been a busy month for the team, which is sponsored by the department.

“This will be the sixth deployment for this team in a little over a month’s time,” he said.

Kohn said that along with the mission ready package water team, the incident support team will also deploy.

Together, there will be around 30 people, according to Kohn.

He’s proud of the work they’ve done and continue to do.

“I never cease to be amazed by both the ability of these men and women to be ready at a minute’s notice but their attitude,” he said.

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