Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team were deployed to Japan for nine days immediately after the natural disaster on 3.11.

California Task Force 2, an elite, 74-member team comprised of several emergency responders and six search dogs, was deployed March 12 to assist  with rescue and recovery efforts in Japan afer the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami.

Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby said the squad spent six days searching for victims in the Ofunato and Kamaishi city areas. They brought with them 74,000 pounds of equipment and aid supplies. The task force includes firefighters, doctors, engineers and experts trained in underwater rescues.

This was the team's third deployment to a foreign country devastated by a large quake.

The team also has been to Haiti and New Zealand in recent months after quakes there.  It was dispatched to Japan less than 24 hours after returning from its mission in New Zealand.  Read More

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Los Angeles Fire Department search and rescue team join the United States Agency for International Development on the ground in Ofunato, Japan in search of survivors.http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7359736n

L.A.F.D. Demonstrates Equipment Used In Japan Search And Rescue Operations

L.A.F.D. Search And Rescue Team Members

Love To Nippon hopes to have “3.11” (March 11th) designated as an official disaster preparedness day for all of Southern California.

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