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LACFD mobilizes to aid New Zealand earthquake victims

Posted: February 22, 2011 3:51 p.m.
Updated: February 22, 2011 4:30 p.m.

LOS ANGELES - California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2), Los Angeles County Fire Department's world-class Heavy Rescue Task Force, has been mobilized for deployment to New Zealand to help rescue and recover victims in Christchurch, the nation's second largest city of nearly 400,000 residents, following a powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake just before 1 p.m. local time that has killed 65 people.

Commanders of the 74-member team received the request from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and are currently staging at the department's USAR Facility in Pacoima.

California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2) is a specially-trained and equipped Urban Search and Rescue Task Force consisting of Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters and paramedics rescue specialists, emergency room physicians, structural engineers, heavy equipment specialists, hazardous materials technicians, communications specialists and logistics specialists.

This unique technical rescue team responds with 55,000 pounds of prepackaged search and rescue tools and medical equipment to conduct around-the-clock search and rescue operations at domestic and international disasters, both natural and man-made.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is one of the largest emergency service agencies in the world, providing fire protection and life safety services to more than 3.8 million residents and commercial business customers in the county's 2,305-square-mile area, and around the globe when needed.


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