Phoenix firefighter aiding in Washington mudslide describes rescue challenges

PHOENIX - Members of the Phoenix Fire Department are aiding officials in digging through the rubble, trying to reach the victims of a mudslide that impacted a small town in Washington state.

Phoenix Battalion Chief Pat Carlisle was sent to Oso, Wa. as a hazardous materials specialists. He is also joined by a structural engineer and a communications specialist from the department.

He tells ABC15's Lauren Vargas that this is one of the biggest challenges has has every faced.

"It's remote, it's cold, it's wide, it's deep," he says. "It's got hazardous materials. it has partial collapses. It has a lot of challenges."

Washington officials said Saturday that 18 people have died in the mudslide and that 30 people remain missing.


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