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January 14, 2010

NYC Search & Rescue Taskforce Leaving For Haiti

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishupdates @ 2:24 pm

NYC Search & Rescue Taskforce Leaving For Haiti

Among those offering to help the people of Haiti is a group of emergency medical technicians and a search and rescue taskforce from Brooklyn who have volunteered to make the trip to the devastated Caribbean island.

Awarehouse in Bedford-Stuyvesant was where the New York City Urban Search & Rescue Task Force members were gathering. The 80 or so members of Task Force One are hoping to be on the ground in Haiti by the afternoon.

The rescue team is managed by the Office of Emergency Management. It is made up of highly trained personnel from the NYPD and FDNY who specialize in disaster relief and emergency triage and medicine.

Befitting of their name, the taskforce has been loading equipment they could use to search for victims through the sea of rubble that remains of the capital.

The taskforce will travel with a doctor and 4 K-9 units.

This is just one aspect of a community wide response to a national tragedy.

In just about every barber shop, every bakery and on the streets, it’s the same scene; grief stricken, hopeful members of Flatbush’s Haitian community – the largest in the area – waiting for word, any word, on whether someone they know and love survived the earthquake.

(Source: WCBSTV)


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