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Greenville team conducts search & rescue training

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A disaster response team in the East is preparing for hurricane season which begins Sunday.

Today, the "Urban Search and Rescue Task Force" based in Greenville is holding a full-scale, deployment exercise.

The team is made of more than 70 Greenville and New Bern fire members and is 1 of 7 such teams in the state.

They are trained in structural collapse, technical rescue, and swift water rescue.

Life Safety Educator, Mekenzie Cox says this unit is a local asset for times of emergency like Hurricane Floyd 15 years ago.

"When that came about that's when people kind of opened their eyes that we need to have something in place to be able to react to disasters like that and from that disaster is where we starting building these teams up," says Cox.

Greenville Fire and Rescue Chief Eric Griffin says the unit is funded now by the city, but there is legislation in the state's short session for more sustainable funding.

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