Phoenix task force sends emergency response professionals to Washington mudslide

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Fire Department/Arizona Task Force 1 sent three of its members to help out with search and rescue in the wake of Saturday’s deadly mudslides in Snohomish County, Washington.

The department sent a structural engineer, communications specialist and hazardous materials specialist, according to Shelly Jamison, division chief at Phoenix Fire.

So far, at least 16 people were killed in the landslide and more than 150 are still missing. Authorities have said they believe many of the names on the list are duplicates.

The Phoenix responders will work with more than 100 others who are searching for survivors, Jamison says.

The Arizona Task Force 1 is a team of search and rescue professionals trained to respond to local and national disasters, she says. There are 28 teams throughout the country.

Jamison says the three members are expected to stay in the area for 14 days.

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