Scenes from the devastation in Japan continue flooding the airwaves while U.S. Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams from Fairfax County (VA-TF1) and Los Angeles County (CA-TF2) return home after their valiant efforts to locate some of the thousands still reported missing in the aftermath.
Beyond recovering from the initial disasters, Japanese firefighters from Tokyo and elsewhere remain heavily engaged in response activities as they struggle to help contain the expanding nuclear crisis in Fukushima.
There are still-unconfirmed reports of multiple firefighters killed or missing during the earthquake and tsunami.
Without question, the Tokyo firefighters tasked with extinguishing the blazes at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are in a very dangerous situation.
Yet, like firefighters everywhere, they put themselves in harm's way with the hope of averting catastrophe.
And once again, the world watches...