News

Menlo Park search and rescue team members head to Washington mudslide

Two members of a Menlo Park-based California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force deployed Thursday to Washington State to assist with the search and recovery effort at a Snohomish County mud slide.

The team members, Division Chief Frank Fraone and Rob Patterson, are deploying as part of a 20-person support team made up of Urban Search and Rescue team members from across the country, according to Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

Members of Task Force 3, which is sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, had just deployed last week to Alaska for a training exercise after being asked to fill in at the last minute for Washington State teams already occupied with search and rescue operations at home, Chief Schapelhouman said in a press release.

"The team hasn't seen this much activity since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and we haven't seen this many K-9 assets drawn from around the nation since the Space Shuttle Discovery tragedy in 2003," Chief Schapelhouman said.

News reports indicate that at least 30 people have been killed in the March 22 mudslide in Oso, Washington, north of Seattle.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Early Decision Blues
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 2,350 views

One night only: ‘Occupy the Farm’ screening in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 2,201 views

What Are Menlo Park’s Priorities?
By Erin Glanville | 37 comments | 1,538 views

Death with Dignity
By Chandrama Anderson | 3 comments | 1,398 views

Are you considering a remodel?
By Stuart Soffer | 1 comment | 265 views