CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte is home to the state's only self-sufficient urban search and rescue team.

  • Crews train for hours developing life-saving skills
  • Dozens of firefighters from across the state are training
  • They will learn how to move objects, cut metal and more

The 100 hours of training for that team is happening this week in Charlotte. More than 50 firefighters from across the state are also training.

They're learning how to move heavy objects by crane and how to cut metal.

The team most recently deployed during Hurricane Florence.

"During Florence we used our resources with our forklifts,” CFD Battalion Chief Pete Skeris said. “Some of the helicopter side is what we do. To get humanitarian supplies in conjunction with the Red Cross and Emergency Management.”

81 students participated this week.

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