Birmingham firefighters deploy to hurricane zone

16 Birmingham firefighters deploy to Dothan, Alabama to help with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. (Photo: Alan Baker-ABC 33/40 News)

With lights flashing, a convoy of Birmingham Fire & Rescue vehicles deployed to the hurricane zone at 1 a.m. Thursday.

16 members of the department's Heavy Rescue Unit will stage in Dothan, Alabama.

"We're sustainable for 48 hours on our own in any type of environment because we train to deploy to places where the infrastructure is already gone," said Fire Chief Tobias Jones.

The team will conduct search and rescue operations in collapsed structures.

Hurricane Michael caused widespread damage in Dothan Wednesday.

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