A number of Los Angeles-area firefighters and American Red Cross volunteers were deployed Wednesday to the Bahamas and Southeast U.S. to help with the response to Hurricane Dorian as the storm neared the Carolinas.

Sixteen Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters are part of California Task Force 1, a team of highly-trained urban search and rescue specialists requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The unit includes dogs and medical personnel, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The team is led by LAFD Assistant Chief Tim Ernst.

A 16-member team from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, part of California Task Force 2, has also been deployed to the area at the request of FEMA. California Task Force 2 also consists of urban search and rescue specialists.

The American Red Cross has deployed 28 local volunteers to support affected residents in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina in need of temporary shelter.

Dorian was off the coast of the Southeast Wednesday after striking the Bahamas and then hugging the Florida coast.

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