San Diego search and rescue team headed to Santa Barbara for recovery

first_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Fire-Rescue, Thomas Fire FacebookTwitter Posted: January 11, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The California Task Force 8 Canine Search and Rescue Mission Ready Package (MRP) team left San Diego Wednesday for Santa Barbara after they were requested by authorities to assist with mudslide rescues.The team is made up of four individuals from San Diego Fire-Rescue: a Task Force Leader, Search Team Manager, Logistics Manager and two Canine Search Specialists. One of the canine handlers is Capt. Matt Kirk from Heartland Fire.Later Wednesday night, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department announced they would send one brush engine to Santa Barbara as part of a Type III Strike Team. This apparatus is the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) brush engine and has four crew – a captain and three firefighters.The mudslides in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have claimed the lives of at least 17 people, with dozens still missing. Twenty people remained hospitalized, four in critical condition, according to the Associated Press.An estimated 100 homes were completely destroyed, with at least 300 damaged.Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement on the mudslide in Santa Barbara County:“Today has been another heartbreaking and difficult day, as the search and rescue effort continues and the number of casualties has grown to 17. The search for the missing remains ongoing, and all of us have begun taking in the extent of the devastation to our community. I know our strong community will regain its footing and we will recover.Safety must continue to be everyone’s top priority. I urge everyone to continue to follow evacuation and safety orders, to follow orders to boil water, if directed to do so, and to continue to look out for each other. I extend my deepest gratitude to our emergency personnel for their extraordinary bravery and rescue efforts. I am relieved that the federal disaster declaration has been extended to include this mudslide, which will clear the way for additional federal assistance to our community.I extend my prayers to all those searching for family members, and urge them to call the Family Assistance Center at 833-688-5551 if they need assistance locating anyone.” January 11, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez, center_img San Diego search and rescue team headed to Santa Barbara for recovery efforts after mudslides Ashlie Rodriguez Updated: 6:28 PMlast_img

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