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A task force twice deployed to long island to help with the recovery from Sandy is now back in the Capital Region. YNN's Lori Chung has more on what's been a very busy two weeks.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- “We left six inches of snow, we had to literally clean off all the snow from our vehicles this morning,” said Richard Fritz, New York Task Force 2 Team Leader.

It's the second major cleaning job for New York Task Force 2 in just two weeks. Fresh off their latest trip to Long Island, the first came after their deployment to help in the recovery from Sandy.

Fritz said, “As a team, we’re capable of doing water rescue. We do structural rescue.”

Those skills and their rescue boats in high demand after the monster storm laid waste to much of the New York City area and New Jersey.

“I think it was mastic beach and we did a rescue down there with three people out of a house,” said Specialist Jenny Colavito.

“The terror on those people’s faces," said John Stewart, Canine Research Specialist. “There was a lot of things going on at once and it wasn’t just our little area, it was everywhere.”

Of course there's the big equipment but in trailers like this one, you find personal floatation devices, helmets that are specially designed to protect victims in the water, even floating rescue sled that you can attach to the back of a jet ski to rescue people from flooded areas, things that paid off big in the response to Sandy.

Fritz said, "We rescued 70 people, 70 adults and 12 dogs"

Fortunately, turned out their help wasn't needed after the nor’easter chose to dump snow on the area instead of rain.

Colavito said, “I guess that’s the northeast for you, right? But again, we’re just kind of ready for whatever kind of weather comes our way.”

And because they can handle just about anything, they're always ready for the call.

Fritz said, “It could be five minutes, it could be five months from now, but we’re getting ready for the next deployment.”

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