- Aug 25, 2009
Fortunately the gear that FEMA teams wear is much lighter weight than firefighting turnout gear. It's obviously still very hot and tedious work however.Lot of rebar to cut through wearing turnouts...90 degrees, 70% humidity.
Does anyone have a run down of what the initial alarm assignments were? I'd be curious to see how many alarms were transmitted and how many rigs responded. That had to be an eye-opener for the 1st due company to roll out of bed and into all of that.
Considering both Miami-Dade and Miami have FEMA USAR teams, I would imagine they were well prepared to deploy their SOC units early on. I believe Broward County also has a well equipped USAR team. Most of those departments are well trained and well equipped in USAR as a result of being in the center of hurricane country. I know there are many officers on the 2 FEMA teams who are well known throughout the country as Technical Rescue instructors.
From Firefighterclosecalls.comDoes anyone have a run down of what the initial alarm assignments were?
Closer in air miles, maybe . . . but it's a straight shot down I-95 from Virginia to Miami; 4 hours less travel time Va Beach - Miami (VA TF-2) than Houston - Miami per Google maps. Similar comparing Dallas to Fairfax.I was just reading that in addition to the 2 USAR teams from Miami and Miami-Dade, 2 teams from Virginia and one from Ohio have also been alerted for response. I thought normal procedure was for the 3 closest teens to respond but it seems like these 3 are not necessarily the 3 closest, it seems like Tennessee and Texas which both have teams would be closer.
OH-TF1 is on the grounds of Wright-Patterson AFB. All FEMA equipment is packed in a way to fit on a C17, which they happen to have a bunch of at Wright-Patt. They’d be waiting for the guys to get there longer than they’d be waiting for the plane to be loaded and to MIA.Closer in air miles, maybe . . . but it's a straight shot down I-95 from Virginia to Miami; 4 hours less travel time Va Beach - Miami (VA TF-2) than Houston - Miami per Google maps. Similar comparing Dallas to Fairfax.
Awesome Run down did any other units respond?From multiple sources, times approximate, unit arrival order not confirmed
Dispatch and initial company arrival and size up: https://youtu.be/f3jnQXBnFLc
Security camera video of the building collapsing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXLQxEJz0Tw
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