The urban search and rescue team, which is managed by FEMA, was activated on Wednesday. A spokesman for Ohio Task Force 1 said about 80 members and several canine search teams will assist in the search.
“We were deployed to the World Trade Center in 2001 to New York and so this isn’t the first time this task force has been to something like this. Plus this is our mission. When buildings collapse that’s why task forces exist. This is what team members have trained for during their entire careers with the task force to respond to so from that respect, they’re ready,” said Evan Schumann with Ohio Task Force 1.
Champlain Towers South, a 40-year-old condo complex, collapsed early Thursday morning. Sixteen bodies have been recovered and 147 people are still missing.
Rescuers have carefully sifted through the piles of concrete, steel and remnants of people’s homes in hopes of locating survivors. No one has been found alive since Thursday.