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Thursday, 01 November 2012 05:23

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Southland personnel from various agencies mobilized to provide help in repairing hurricane-caused damage on the battered East Coast.

Southern California Edison will be sending about 170 employees and contractors to assist Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, said SCE President Ron Litzinger.

"During natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, it is vital to provide whatever assistance we can to fellow utilities to help get the power back on as quickly as possible," Litzinger said.

SCE responded to a request for mutual aid from the New York utility, which will pay for the work under terms of a mutual assistance agreement, Litzinger said. SCE vehicles and equipment will leave this week via ground convoy, and personnel will fly to the damaged area in time for the ground convoy's arrival.

Meanwhile, California Urban Search And Rescue Task Force Two has been placed on alert, and will deploy to the region if requested, said Los Angeles County fire Inspector Brian Riley. The team could leave within four hours of its requested activation, Riley said. A county fire battalion chief already has been sent to Virginia, Riley said.

On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown directed the California Emergency Management Agency and the California National Guard to send specialized assistance to the East Coast.

The California National Guard sent military transport aircraft carrying wo helicopters and two pararescue teams -- along with their equipment -- to Charlotte, N.C., according to Brown's office.

Also being deployed are a Boeing C-17, two C-130 aircraft and two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters.

On Saturday, 10 members of the state's Urban Search And Rescue Incident Support Teams were sent to Virginia and other East Coast areas in support of Federal Emergency Management Agency requests. The teams included personnel from fire departments in Los Angeles city and county, Orange County, Riverside, San Diego, and Sacramento.

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