The @fire search and rescue team is tire­lessly contin­u­ing the search for trapped people in the hard-hit town of Kahra­man­maraş. Rescue dogs and tech­ni­cal equip­ment are used non-stop to search for survivors in the numer­ous collapsed build­ings. It’s a race against time: with each pass­ing hour, the like­li­hood of survival under the rubble dimin­ishes - espe­cially with temper­a­tures hover­ing around freezing.

Rein­force­ments also arrived at Adana airport early Thurs­day morn­ing and set off for Kahra­man­maraş. The German civil protec­tion orga­ni­za­tion @fire is now deployed in the Turk­ish earth­quake zone with 40 helpers and three rescue dogs. The team works closely with the British aid orga­ni­za­tion SARAID, which is also on site with a search and rescue team.

@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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