Damage at Albertsons store in Ridgecrest
Earthquake damage at an Albertsons store in Ridgecrest. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A heavily equipped Los Angeles Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team was deployed to Ridgecrest, authorities said Saturday morning.

The eight specially trained and equipped LAFD responders will work with other agencies in a multi-disciplinary approach to all hazards, the department’s Brian Humphrey said.

“These veteran LAFD responders are proud emissaries of the people of Los Angeles, and eager to leverage considerable skill in helping the people of Kern County,” Humphrey said.

The team will fulfill a key role in assessing damage to homes and businesses and support any emergency or rescue operations that may arise, Humphrey said.

Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue Team 136 and Hazardous Materials Team 811 were deployed to Ridgecrest Friday night, according to Inspector Brian Stevens.

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