Local firefighters helping out in Oso relief effort

Local firefighters helping out in Oso relief effort
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- As victims continue to be found in the Oso mudslide, KEPR learned local firefighters are being sent to help with the relief effort.

Six members of Benton County Fire District are part of a national response team. Chief Lonnie Click from Benton County Fire just left for Arlington.

"I think it's a great honor to go over there and help those people that are still trying to go through that massive pile of dirt to try to find loved ones that have been lost by those folks over there in that community," Click says.

Five other volunteers have been part of a two-week assignment and will be back this weekend.

They are Battalion Chief Mikal Barnett, Becky Coats, Jack Coats, Darrin Henderson and Brian Calvert.

Chief Click said he was honored to be asked to go.

"It's just helping those in need. And that's all it is. It's what I started doing over 27 years ago and I continue to do that today," he said.

President Obama will visit Oso in about two weeks.

So far, 36 victims have been found. 31 have been identified. Ten people are still missing.