Local firefighters returning from hurricane deployment in Florida

The nine local firefighters deployed to Florida to help assist with recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma are set to return to the Ark-La-Miss. 
 
After four days of assisting agencies in Jacksonville, Florida the brave group of men are heading home. 
 
Fire officials tell NBC10's Bria Jones the Region 8 Response Team along with all crews from Louisiana were demobilized Wednesday night.
 
Since being deployed the team has been touring the city assessing the damage from Hurricane Irma.
 
The group consists of firefighters from departments in Ruston, West Monroe, Ouachita Parish and Monroe.  
 
Initially they were sent on 14-day mission to do swift water rescues, but the need was not there. 
 
However, the Monroe fire the department says if necessary they are on standby to protect others in the country. 
 
"We are here for not only our citizens, but people in the surrounding areas and neighboring states. Disasters are becoming a very common thing.  Whether it is hurricanes or flooding or wildfires. Whatever the case may be, so this is why we train. We are prepared to respond wherever we are needed, whenever we are needed," said Public Information Officer Antonio Smith.  
 
And while he says the conversation he had with his crew was brief. 
 
He told me could only imagine what the have been experiencing.  
 
The crew is expected to get on the road heading home today. 

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