Search-and-rescue personnel from the Orange County Fire Authority will join a team of experts from California traveling to Surfside, Florida, to help sift through the rubble of a collapsed condominium building that has so far claimed the lives of at least 22 people, officials said Friday.
The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has approved a request by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the deployment of Urban Search and Rescue personnel to the site of the 12-story Champlain Towers collapse.
Another 126 people are still missing from the collapsed building.
The personnel deploying to Florida will include a total of five Incident Support Team Members from OCFA and fire departments in San Diego, Oakland and Sacramento. Two structural specialists from OCFA and two from the Sacramento City Fire Department will also be deployed.