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Team of Pueblo firefighters helping Hurricane Irma victims in Florida Keys

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A team of Pueblo firefighters is now in the Florida Keys helping victims of Hurricane Irma.

The three men that are there are part of a much larger team of about 90 people from Colorado serving in the Keys.

With all the damage from Hurricane Irma there’s no telling when the men will be coming home.

Pueblo Fire Chief Shawn Shelton said, "I think they're pretty much working, eating, and sleeping, and that's their day."

Shelton is talking about Deputy Chief Rick Potter, Captain Steve Fassi, and firefighter Adam Houle. Their days working in the Florida Keys are long and communication is limited.

Shelton said, "I imagine they're on at least a 12 by 12 so probably a 12 hour work and 12 hour rest cycle...they're in an area right now where cell coverage is spotty at best...it's hard on the families."

The sacrifices they’re making...it’s all to help those affected by Hurricane Irma.

"They'll stay as long as they're needed…sounds like there's some pretty significant damage in the Keys so certainly until they're able to search all of the houses through the Keys and account for everybody."

The chief says all three men have had extensive training to be part of this deployment.

Deputy Chief Potter is responsible for developing plans each day. Captain Fassi’s specialty is in hazmat procedures and for Houle it’s rescue efforts.

Shelton said, "To be able to go outside of our community and help the broader nation it's a good feeling to know that we have resources down there that are making a difference."

While the men may be away from home and their families Shelton knows that "being a firefighter, in general, that's what we live for is to help people…to actually get the chance to go, I mean, that's what you do it for in the first place right?"

Chief Shelton says Potter has been gone since August 26He was also in Texas helping Hurricane Harvey victims.

Potter and Fassi have been deployed several times, but this is Fassi’s first deployment.

The chief says he spoke with the men on Monday and they were all in good spirits.

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