Menlo Park rescue team may deploy to Haiti

January 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A search and rescue team based in Menlo Park may be heading to Haiti next week to help with relief efforts, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Task Force 3 is comprised of personnel from numerous fire protection agencies throughout San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

It also includes civilian professionals such as doctors, structural engineers, dog handlers, heavy equipment operators and communications experts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday that 70 of the Task Force's 230 members could be deployed to Haiti from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1 to help the country following Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

The personnel would be taken by military aircraft and bring more than 60,000 pounds of rescue equipment, according to the Menlo Park fire officials.

The Task Force has responded to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, bombings and terrorist acts.

It deployed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and rescued more than 1,000 people during a month-long stay in New Orleans.