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Tn Task Force 1 picking up the pieces in Sandy's wake

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FAIRFAX, Va. (FOX13) -

Gearing up and getting ready to head back out on the road, the leader of Tennessee Task Force 1's briefed his team, "Put your game face on. This is time to get serious and be safe."

The Team headed north to wait for a mission closer to the devastation.

While, there wasn't much action Wednesday morning, a deployment with the urban search and rescue team can go from boredom to excitement in moments.

Crews kept busy checking their gear and making repairs. Others rested in the hotel lobby, some watching news of other first responders already helping with the recovery.

Task Force 1 member Tim Spence explained, "It's the hurry up and wait game and sometimes these guys get a little antsy and a little frustrated with the wait part because we really want to get out there and get our hands on."

As the team waited, FEMA planners in the search and rescue command center made the call to send the team to New Jersey. FEMA officials gave us a view behind the scenes as they directed crews throughout the Northeast.

The Federal government has 8 teams like Tennessee Task Force 1 working on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

"The men and women of Tennessee Task Force 1 are responders that work the streets every day in and out in the State of Tennessee. When a disaster like this happens, these specialists from your town are brought up and play a part for this crucial Federal emergency service effort," said FEMA spokesperson Louie Fernandez.

By afternoon it was time to load the busses and line up the convoy. The crews were eager to join the rescue and recovery effort.

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