Rescue teams from around the world are ready to converge on Nepal, the scene Saturday of a devastating Magnitude 7.8 quake that killed nearly 2,000 people, reports CBS Los Angeles.
A team of Southland firefighters has been alerted that they may be joining the rescue and recovery efforts.
Early news reports say people were killed in four different countries — Nepal, Tibet, China and India.
Deadly avalanches are reported on the flanks of Mt. Everest from the quake, which hit at 11:11 p.m. California time Friday.
“Everybody’s grabbing their gear. It (the notification) just means to stand by,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Brian Jordan. “They have not been ordered to respond.”
Jordan said the California Task Force Two team is preparing for possible deployment at the county fire’s Urban Search And Rescue Headquarters in the San Fernando Valley.
“We found people in collapsed buildings, and we try to rescue them, and then lend aid to them,” LACFD Deputy Chief John Tripp said. “The infrastructure is usually very impacted with roads that are not clear for getting around. The structures are down. And then also you have a large civilian population that’s been displaced.”
The team is comprised of about 65 people, mostly from Los Angeles County, with at least one rescue dog handler from Santa Barbara County, said a Los Angeles County Fire dispatcher.
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