CA Gov. Newsom deploys resources to assist wildfires in Hawaii

By SDCN Editor

Sacramento, CA–Governor Gavin Newsom announced the deployment of resources and urban search and rescue personnel to assist in the coordination and support of emergency operations in the most impacted areas of Hawaii due to deadly wildfires.

In close coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Newsom directed his Office of Emergency Services to deploy 11 members of California’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces to aid in the recovery operations and the search for survivors. In addition, state personnel from emergency services specializing in urban search and rescue and mass fatality management have been deployed to Hawaii.

“California stands with the people of Maui and all Hawaiians amid these horrific wildfires that have claimed lives and destroyed the historic town of Lāhainā,” Governor Newsom said. “Californians know firsthand the devastating toll of catastrophic wildfires fueled by climate change, capable of wiping out entire communities and centuries of irreplaceable history and heritage. Our state is sending resources to support our Pacific neighbors during their time of need.”

The governor spoke with Hawaii Governor Josh Green on Wednesday to discuss support for the state as it responds to and recovers from the devastating wildfires.

The specialized team members deployed to Hawaii come from state-federal US&R Task Forces in California, including local government firefighting personnel from Oakland, Sacramento, and Riverside counties.

This deployment builds on California’s far-reaching efforts to aid other states during emergencies. Already this year, California deployed firefighters, disaster recovery experts, and other personnel to Oregon, New Mexico, and Montana. In 2021, California sent fire engines to assist Oregon’s response to the Bootleg Fire and Specialized Urban Search and Rescue Resources teams to Florida following the Surfside condo collapse.

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