PHOENIX - They're not sure exactly where they are going or what they will be doing. But two Phoenix firefighters and their dogs left Thursday morning to try and do whatever they can for the victims of a deadly mudslide in Washington.
"We don't really know anything right now. All we know is that someone is meeting us at the airport in Seattle and we will get specifics from there. We don't have a timetable as far as coming back," said John Dean.
Dean is in charge of Phoenix's Arizona Task Force One canine division. Along with another firefighter and two black labs named “Bounton” and “Rouge," the team will be searching debris for any signs of human remains.
Dean said that Bounton and Rouge are experienced human remain identification dogs capable of finding remains even in thick mud.
Crews from all over the state and the nation have spent the last 10 days searching for survivors but 22 people are still missing.
Dean said they hope they can make a difference.
"When it's someone else and it's far away I don't know that we give it a lot of thought. But if you start thinking about your daughter or one of your co-workers. It's real important to bring them and move so hopefully this will give someone that opportunity," said Dean.