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Phoenix firefighters, police head to NY to help relief efforts

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PHOENIX -

The same group that's in charge of public safety at events like the Super Bowl and the All-Star Game as gone to help in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The crew is from right here in Phoenix.

"We are a very highly trained team, for us this is game day, it's time to go do the things we've been working on for many many years," says Scott Krushak, Incident Commander.

20 police officers and foregathers with the City Of Phoenix Hazard Incidents Team left Sky Harbor Monday morning. They are experts in public safety, specifically in large scale events like this one.

While in New York they will be in charge of an entire operating center, overseeing 5,000 pieces of equipment – generators, water pumps, forklifts, dump trucks.

"They're really really fatigued there, I'm glad we can come as a fresh team and help them out," says Krushak.

They join about 60 Arizona SRP workers who have been working in Long Island restoring power. Monday they are in Rockaway replacing poles and wires.

We talked to one of the guys out there over the phone. They have been getting Thank You notes from people they help.

"The residents, the people out here have been awesome, most gracious people. They stand outside a lot because it's so cold and they have been overly thankful, they've given us food and coffee," says Bret Marchese, SRP Manager of Line Restoration.

More crews from Arizona will most likely be sent over as months of clean up continue. Crews don't know when they will return back home -- possibly not until after thanksgiving.

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