On Wednesday evening, 17 more disaster relief workers and another rescue dog took off from Frankfurt Airport for Turkey. Three more task forces will join them from Basel on Thursday.
The helpers will complement and support the search and rescue team that has been working in Kahramanmaraş in the southern part of Anatolia since Tuesday. Drei der Einsatzkräfte unterstützen zudem weiterhin das Reception/Department Center (RDC) am Flughafen Adana. The arriving international search and rescue teams are registered and coordinated there.
This means that a total of 40 volunteers from the German aid organisation @fire are now working in the Turkish earthquake zone with three rescue dogs. Numerous other helpers support the mission in logistics or in the home staff from Germany.
The USAR team was able to rescue two people alive from collapsed houses early on Wednesday morning. The rescue work has been going on continuously since then. More people have already been located in several collapsed buildings. Fires in the rubble and freezing temperatures are complicating work in the disaster area.
@fire - Internationaler Katastrophenschutz Deutschland e. V. is a non-profit civil protection organization that has been providing rapid emergency aid worldwide following devastating natural disasters since 2002. Responders are specially trained in wildland firefighting (WFF) and search and rescue of buried victims after earthquakes (USAR). All of the more than 400 members are involved in national and international disaster relief on a voluntary and unpaid basis. The civil protection organization was classified as the world’s first Light USAR Team by the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) in 2021 and operates according to international standards. Funding for operations, training, and equipment is primarily donor-funded.
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