A group of 40 firefighters will be headed to Hawaii as Hurricane Douglas takes aim. Amy Johnson reports.
AMY JOHNSON: 40 LA County firefighters will be heading to Hawaii as Hurricane Douglas takes aim. Members of California Task Force 2 were activated by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.
ROBERT HARRIS: To be able to serve not only just our community here locally in Los Angeles County, but also the state and also the nation as a whole-- so it's very enrichening. And we do appreciate just the opportunity to be able to go and hopefully make a difference.
AMY JOHNSON: The team includes highly trained search and rescue and water rescue crew members. They're bringing more than 60,000 pounds of equipment, as well as two canine units, to help with possible search efforts. They haven't been told yet exactly where they're going for-- or when. But they are getting ready. And all members have also been tested for COVID-19 as the islands continue to struggle with new cases.
The hurricane is expected to start impacting the islands today. And clearly, they are expecting a pretty bad situation that they're already preparing these teams, Alex.