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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