CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Water rescue teams are getting ready ahead of Hurricane Florence, preparing to help if people get trapped in their home or cars.
"No rescuer wants to go out and do this job. You see heartbreak and damage every time you get deployed," said Chad Davis, commander of the Carolina Dive and Rescue Emergency Team.
Davis and his team don't get paid. They do the job because they want to help.
"We will tow this behind this jet ski this is our primary response vehicle to any water-related rescue on the river," he told FOX 46. "A lot of times it is people trapped in their homes we could utilize a number of boats we have."
The Carolina Dive and Rescue Team's Emergency Response Team is an all-volunteer group out of Rock Hill, which specializes in swift water rescues.
"Pretty much everything that a homeowner would do we're doing as a team to prepare for the storm,"
They have jet skis, boats and rafts on hand for rescues.
"You definitely don't want to have to be called out but you do want to be prepared when you are called out," Davis said.
Duke Energy is releasing and working to control the water at places like the Lake Wylie dam, but Chad still expects they'll be called on to rescue people from flooded streets and homes.
"We'll have to prepare for all that excess water it may not be when the storm hits it may be a couple days after," said Davis.
This team is always ready when it counts.
"Seeing the satisfaction that people get that people get from you helping them out is just the best thing for me."
The emergency response team also trains fire and police departments on swift water rescues. They just trained two dozen rescuers this past weekend from York and Chester counties and upstate South Carolina so they're all ready to go when the hurricane hits.