Updated 4:18 pm CDT, Saturday, October 13, 2018 Mike Jackson sifts through debris looking for remnants of his home which was destroyed by hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Mike Jackson sifts through debris looking for remnants of his home which was destroyed by hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Photo: David Goldman, AP Members of a South Florida urban search and rescue team try to gain entry to a home while looking for survivors of hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Members of a South Florida urban search and rescue team try to gain entry to a home while looking for survivors of hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Photo: David Goldman, AP A member of a South Florida urban search and rescue team checks a home for survivors of … [Read more...] about The Latest: 1,700 search and rescue personnel in Florida
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With Hurricane Michael approaching Florida’s Panhandle, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is gearing up to help ahead of the storm. It's all part of Jacksonville's mutual aid agreement with other cities across the state. In a Twitter post, Mayor Lenny Curry announced the city was asked by the State of Florida to send help before the storm made landfall. 42 members of JFRD’s Urban Search and Rescue team are scheduled to head to Pensacola around 8 a.m. Tuesday, said Curry. He has asked for prayers for the crews and their families as they spend the next few days working in the Panhandle where Hurricane Michael is expected to strike Wednesday. Forecasters project the storm to reach Category 3 strength before making landfall during the day in the Panhandle or Big Bend area. Copyright 2018 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved. … [Read more...] about JFRD Search and Rescue team deployed to Pensacola ahead of Hurricane Michael
Editor’s Note: RJ Sangosti is a Denver Post photojournalist who was embedded with the Lakewood-based Colorado Task Force 1 as it conducted rescue operations in North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence. PEMBROKE, N.C. — While walking door-to-door to make sure residents were evacuated along the swollen Lumberton River, paramedic Fred Salazar of the Colorado Springs Fire Department talked about his job back home. He recently went out on a call involving a 12-year-old boy, who Salazar’s family knew, who drowned in a swimming pool. “It makes you feel guilty when you can’t save a child,” Salazar said. “Here I see a lot of people helping a lot of people… and that makes me feel not as guilty.” Salazar is part of Colorado Task Force 1, an urban search-and-rescue team based in Lakewood that is one of more than two dozen such units that operate under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Colorado group includes veterans … [Read more...] about A week with Colorado Task Force 1: Lakewood search-and-rescue team takes on Hurricane Florence
Chris McCrory Arizona Republic Published 11:47 PM EDT Sep 16, 2018 Arizona Urban Search and Rescue Team 1 is continuing operations in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday. The team was deployed Tuesday to Raleigh, N.C. ahead of the storm. Once Florence hit the coast, the team conducted search and humanitarian efforts in Beaufort County, along the East Coast east of Raleigh, Phoenix Fire Department officials said in an email Sunday. The crew searched 75 homes in the area. Shortly after completing that operation, the team was redeployed to Trenton, N.C. Phoenix Fire Department officials did not provide any details about where the team would be assigned next. The search-and-rescue unit consists of 35 Phoenix Fire Department members and 10 support personnel, including two members of the Phoenix Police Department. READ MORE: 'Days away from an ending': Florence leaves 11 dead; flooding fears rise Strangers help woman, … [Read more...] about Hurricane Florence: Arizona search and rescue team provides aid in N.C.
A trip to Texas made Vermont firefighters shine. The state’s Urban Search and Rescue Team was recognized this week by the Vermont Department of Public Safety as the department’s “Outstanding Team.” The award particularly cited the deployment of 15 team members — six of them from the Rutland Fire Department — to Texas last year for Hurricane Harvey relief. “The speed with which the team was able to fully prepare speaks directly to the readiness and capability of the USAR Team to respond effectively to emergencies here in Vermont or out of state,” safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson said in a statement released Wednesday — the team was ready to go within six hours of the request. “Vermonters should be very proud of the men and women of the USAR Team who risk their lives to save others.” They checked on people and conducted searches in areas affected by flooding. “I’m pretty proud we had the … [Read more...] about Rutlanders part of honored rescue team