Missouri Task Force 1 assisting in Kentucky Flood Zone
Death toll hits 30 as Missouri Task Force 1 is also sending two more Human Remains Detection canine assets as requested by FEMA. 47 total in region from team.
JACKSON, Ky. — “Another round of storms hit flooded Appalachian mountain communities where more than 30 people were killed and search and rescue teams found more bodies on Monday.” – Associated Press
Missouri Task Force 1, based out of Boone County Fire Protection District deployed to Kentucky to assist in the flood zone. They received their first mission assignment.
“MO-TF1 is currently performing targeted and wide area search missions near Jackson, KY in Breathitt County which is in the eastern Appalachian portion of Kentucky. This area has been hit hard by record flooding and numerous people are unaccounted for. This area is very rough mountainous terrain and the team is working hard.Missouri Task Force 1 is also sending two more Human Remains Detection canine assets today as requested by FEMA. That brings our total deployment to 47 people with four HRD canine. MO-TF1 also has two members deployed separately as part of the FEMA Incident Support Team working out of Hazard, KY.“
Urban search and rescue (US&R) involves the location, rescue (extrication), and initial medical stabilization of individuals. Structural collapse is most often the cause for people being trapped, but individuals may also be trapped in transportation accidents, mines, and collapsed trenches.
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Urban search and rescue is considered a “multi-hazard” discipline, as it may be needed for a variety of emergencies or disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, storms, tornadoes, floods, dam failures, technological accidents, terrorist activities, and hazardous materials releases. The events may be slow in developing, as in the case of hurricanes, or sudden, as in the case of earthquakes.
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