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Local firefighters to assist downstate crews

Posted at: 10/30/2012 11:44 PM
Updated at: 10/31/2012 4:31 PM
By: Don Hudson

nullFirefighters from nearly a dozen local departments packed up their trucks Tuesday. They are now heading downstate to assist with the recovery efforts after Sandy. Ryan Kenney, a member of the Fairport Fire Department, says he's more than willing to help out.

"Whatever they need, we are going to be willing to do." says Kenney. "Obviously the Long Island, New York City area got hit a lot harder than we did. With the brotherhood and sisterhood, we are just going down to help out."

Firefighters from Rochester, Brighton, Greece and other areas are not even sure what they will be asked to do. They say the unknown doesn't matter because that is what they deal with everyday. They only hope they can help make a difference.

"That is why we are here. That is our job," says Marc Baxter, of the North Greece Fire Department. "That is why we are here. Helping other people, that's why we do what we do."

The firefighters left around 5 p.m. Tuesday evening. They told News10NBC their plan was to take turns sleeping. Once they are there, they say the work will be nearly non-stop for 72 hours.