L.A. County, Pasadena Firefighters Arrive in Nepal

Fifty-seven Los Angeles County firefighters arrived in Nepal on Tuesday to aid in search and rescue efforts following Saturday’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

The USA-2 Medium Search and Rescue Team left San Fernando Valley headquarters Sunday at around 11:25 p.m. They are being accompanied by three Pasadena Fire personnel who will provide medical care to an increasing number of wounded people in the area.

Initially, the USA-2 task force responded only to domestic disasters. However, its duties have expanded over the years to include response efforts in Haiti in 2010 and Japan in 2011.

Each member of the team has a specific area of expertise, according to Roland Sprewell, Public Information Officer with the county fire department’s Homeland Security Section. The majority, he said, are firefighter-paramedics.

The death toll for Saturday’s earthquake has climbed above 5,000 with injuries estimated at over 10,000. Rescue efforts, meanwhile, continue to be hampered by harsh weather conditions in the region. At least four Americans were also killed in the earthquake: Google executive Dan Fredinburg, documentary filmmaker Tom Taplin, physician assistant Marisa Eve Girawong, and Vinh B. Truong of Los Angeles.

Read more about search and rescue efforts here.



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