In the wake of the record-setting earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, the Los Angeles Fire Dept. has dispatched the LA Country Urban Search and Rescue team to aid Japanese authorities in the search for disaster victims.
The team will be composed of approximately 72 firefighters and close to 75 tons of rescue equipment, said LAFD spokesman Capt. Sam Padilla. Once the team is deployed, they will work with U.N. rescue workers to help find and treat survivors in the coming days. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit last night has already killed hundreds, and thousand of people are still reported missing. Padilla noted that the several LAFD volunteers who recently returned home from New Zealand, (a group was deployed to the island after a different deadly quake late last month), would not be among those traveling to Japan.