A group of 20 firefighters from Mission and Burnaby is heading to Nepal to help in rescue and relief efforts.
Mission Fire Chief Larry Watkinson tells Global BC there is a limited time frame and they want to get there as soon as possible.
The group includes 15 firefighters from Burnaby, and the group is partnering with the Canadian Medical Assistance Team.
Meanwhile, Vancouver’s Urban Search and Rescue team has been put on alert for a possible deployment to Nepal.
But Captain Brian Hutchison says that decision is up to the Federal Government.
He says the team specializes in structural collapse and is well equipped to handle the disaster.
“They are fully self sustaining and can provide not only the technical rescue capacity but they have capabilities in the humanitarian side of things as well.”
The team integrates City fire, police, and engineering experts, along with paramedics.
It was last deployed internationally in 2005 to Hurricane Katrina.