FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- A second group of the Fairfax Urban Search & Rescue team is in Haiti. The 42 men and women arrived at 3:30 a.m. Friday in the ravaged Haiti capital of Port-au-Prince.
The crew spent all day Thursday preparing and waiting at Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
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Medical Specialist Kathleen Stanley is going on her first disaster deployment, and she was seen checking her three bags she will take with her. They've packed clothes, boots, hard hats, tools, gloves, food, and even breathing apparatus if the debris and dust gets to them.
Cindy Porter and her three children waited in the hangar to say good bye.
Porter says, "I try to stay strong for the children. You never get used to it."
Her husband, Sam, has been deployed many times before being in the military. It's not war this time but a battle against the clock.
Sam Porter says, "It's tough. We are here to save lives, and that's what I am here to do."
And it's what his team has already done in Haiti.
The first 81 members of the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team that left Wednesday morning was one of the first rescue squads to land in the devastated region.
The group saved a United Nations worker buried alive in the rubble. They are now in the process of saving 4 more lives trapped in a collapsed motel.
Back in Fairfax County, after 5 hours of waiting, it was go time for the life saving team.
Kathleen Stanley was pumped with adrenaline, "I'm ready to hit the ground running. Let's go!"
Another crew member says, "I hope we have a safe trip."
A third yells out after boarding the bus, "I'm ready to go."
A comrade staying behind tells the crew, "Be safe. We'll pray for you."
Written by Surae Chinn
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