(KING) A Washington state firefighter will leave for Nepal on Tuesday, to join the recovery efforts in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. The death toll in the disaster has climbed past 4,000. More than 7,000 people are injured.
Chris Tompkins has decades of experience under his belt as both a firefighter and a medic. It was after the Haiti earthquake in 2010 that he first felt compelled to put those skills to use in a different way.
“I saw the images coming out of Haiti that first day and my switch just flipped,” he said.
That’s when he helped found a non-profit called Clarion Global Response. Since 2010, the organization has allowed Tompkins and a team of volunteers to provide disaster assistance all over the world.
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