LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The elite Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue team that assisted in rescue and recovery efforts in Japan returned to Los Angeles.

The 74-member California Task Force 2 arrived at Los Angeles International Airport about 4 p.m. Saturday.

Some members of the team had just returned from New Zealand before flying to Japan.

The task force, which left for Japan a week ago, is comprised of firefighters, emergency room doctors, engineers, hazardous materials technicians and members specially trained in underwater rescue.

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Comments (9)
  1. Katie Cole says:

    thank you elite rescue team 2 for saving some of japan

  2. many thanks! says:

    Thanks to you all for your selfless efforts in Japan.

  3. Laughing in el monte says:

    Take your shirt off!

    1. LA Firefighter says:

      Hey El Monte–What does this mean?? Your an idiot!

  4. Mari Nagase says:

    Thank you!!! I am Japanese & I have all my family in Japan. Its been devastating time for us but you are my heroes & light of this darkest time. God bless you all..

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  6. Hairry Pottur says:

    Everyone in the USA and Japan surely appreciates your brave work !! There is no doubt about that….although why only one week ? When are you guys returning to continue ?

  7. ANGELSROK says:

    I think ONE weelk is NOT enough—Better than nothing for sure but why just ONE week–All the expense, preparation and time for less than seven days–don’t get it??!!??

    P.S. Laughing in El Monte—Your an idiot—Can’t you think of anything else to write you D___BA__!!

  8. Gerald Pechenuk says:

    Watch the ENTIRE report by Channel 9’s Edward Lawrence again…. Notice
    that at the very end, he makes clear THERE WAS NOT PROBLEM FOR THE 70 MEMBER TASK FORCE WITH RADIATION for the ENTIRE 9 DAYS in JAPAN!!!
    Why all the media hype, spin, lies and scare stories???? They reported more radiation from the PLANE FLIGHT home than during the whole nine day stay!!
    Why is the media lying so openly???
    For answers to this question, go to http://www.larouchepac.com and find the videos titled, “The Rim of Fire.”

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