Rescue team heading to Mass. in advance of Earl

(AP) - A search and rescue team comprised of New YorkCity police and fire department members is heading to Marlborough,Mass. in advance of Hurricane Earl to help out if needed.

City officials say the 81-member New York Task Force One, whichwas also deployed to Haiti following their devastating earthquakein January, will depart early Friday with four search dogs.

The FEMA-managed team is trained to respond to catastrophicevents involving the collapse of heavy steel and concrete and usesspecialized listening devices that can detect a heart beat.

The governors of Massachusetts and Rhode Island have bothdeclared a state of emergency.

Although forecasters say Earl has weakened to a Category 2storm, they warn it is still powerful as it nears the EasternSeaboard.

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