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California Urban Search and Rescue Teams Deployed to Support Search Operations at the Camp Fire Disaster

UPDATED on Nov. 19, 2018


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – At the request of the Butte County Sheriff Department, multiple California Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Task Forces and US&R Human Remains Detection Canine Search Teams are being deployed from across California to assist law enforcement with the search for, and recovery of, victims missing in Paradise and other towns devastated by the deadly Camp Fire disaster.

Among the specialized resources responding to aid in the search are four California Regional US&R Task Forces, each consisting of 29 members from local government fire departments, three local/state/national US&R Task Forces (each consisting of 35 members from California fire departments,) and ten Urban Search & Rescue Human Remains Detection Canine Teams.

On Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, 37 personnel from US&R CA-TF3 from San Diego Fire and Rescue Department and 29 personnel from California Regional TF6 San Bernardino County Fire Department joined the response efforts in Butte County.

During the deployment, California US&R resources will use their specialized human and canine skills to assist in the search for missing victims in nearly 13,000 residential, commercial and public buildings that burned in the fast-moving fire.

Since 1992, California-based State/National US&R Task Forces have been deployed to a long list of other state, national, and even international disasters including 2017’s Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, 1992 Hurricane Iniki (Hawaii), the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, last year’s earthquake disaster near Mexico City, and the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

For more information, follow these links: Cal OES Special OperationsCal OES Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces and Cal OES newsroom.

Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

One thought on “California Urban Search and Rescue Teams Deployed to Support Search Operations at the Camp Fire Disaster

  • November 17, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    God Bless Those Who Serve, and; Those
    who Mourn


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