(WDTN) — Ohio Task Force 1 is coming home.

The team left on October 9th to assist with recovery from Hurricane Michael.

Since then, the team has been working in the Florida panhandle in some of the area’s hardest hit by the storm.

They were part of a 10-team operation deployed by FEMA in the area.

Those teams combined to make four rescues, 165 evacuations, nearly 3,900 animal issues and nearly 40,000 structural assessments.

On Thursday, FEMA demobilized all 10 urban search and rescue teams, allowing them to return home.

“The members of Ohio Task Force 1 are highly trained search and rescue professionals,” Ohio Task Force 1 spokesperson Phil Sinewe said. “While we typically see them in the media deployed on federal disasters, they also stand ready to protect all Ohioans.”

“The extensive training they participate in not only benefits the FEMA system, but more importantly, it plays a huge role in local and state emergency response on a daily basis,” Sinewe said. “These men,women and search dogs respond to local incidents on a daily basis, delivering quality rescue services to their local communities.”

The team is set to return to the Miami Valley Friday afternoon.

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