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Wisconsin National Guard heads to Florida

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

The Wisconsin National Guard has mobilized 2,500 members to go to Florida and assist victims of Hurricane Irma.  

According to officials, the Wisconsin troops will focus on rescue and recovery efforts.  

Wisconsin Major General Don Dunbar said the troops would remain as long as they're needed.

The deployment to assist follows last week's executive order from Governor Scott Walker.  He issued the order so Wisconsin troops could begin active duty in Florida this week.

A group of soldiers was preparing to head south at Camp Williams at Camp Douglas on Monday. 

Staff Sergeant Dan Clay said the platoons were ready for any and all assistance needed.

"We've got a lot of equipment here that is very well suited to support this type of scenario and we've got a lot of folks with a lot of skill sets that can be applied to a situation like this," he said.

General Dunbar said all members from Wisconsin should be in Florida by the end of the week.

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