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Local rescue team on the way to Haiti quake zone

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - Aid is pouring into Haiti for the tens of thousands of earthquake victims who desperately need help. A local rescue group is on its way to the disaster zone to do its part.

They are leaving the comforts of home to spend the next two weeks in some of the harshest conditions known to mankind.

"It's grave and people are getting desperate, running out of water, running out of food," volunteer Chris Simmons said.

Volunteers with the local charity Rescue Task Force spent the day packing for their mission to Haiti with ready-to-eat meals and boxes of medical supplies - among the most critical the calcium chloride, 400 doses, each one representing a life to be saved.

"It's for crush syndrome, you break that down, if your torso, limbs get crushed, and they remain in that state for a period of time, the blood that's trapped in there becomes poison. Not being able to put that medicine in them will poison their system, making the chance of survival very slim," team leader Darryl Hall said.

Hall, who traveled to Thailand for tsunami relief efforts, says there are security concerns in Haiti.

"There's a definite level of danger," he said.

"I'm a little nervous though, just with him going over there," Hall's daughter said.

But Hall says he and his team are prepared and fell compelled to help save lives.

"We plan to carry that out, go in as a team, come out as a team," Hall said.

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