Firefighters of East Bay headed to Florida to assist in rescue efforts after Champlain tower collapse
In order to assist in rescue efforts at the Champlain tower collapse in Surfside where at least 10 people were dead and 151 were missing, the East Bay is sending firefighters.
On Monday, Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Landry and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Peter were headed to Florida.
Both are members of the Oakland department’s FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force and were requested by FEMA to join a specialized incident support team overseeing the search and rescue for victims.
The 12-story apartment tower partially collapsed Thursday. The cause is still being investigated, but reports say the structure integrity was questioned in a 2018 engineering report.