One hometown rescue department could be called upon to help with rescue efforts in the Carolinas. The Lynchburg Fire Department is one of seven other departments in the state that can help FEMA during emergencies.
The fire department is equipped with state qualified technical and swift water rescue teams.
They have the ability to be self-sufficient for up to 72-hours.
"Obviously Lynchburg comes first, and so the state is aware of that as well. So, although we're a state asset, our services provided are all performed locally and we make sure our local area is taken care of prior to leaving the area," explained Lynchburg Fire Chief Greg Wormser.
The department has not been asked to help at this time, but, the teams are ready if called upon.