Underground search and rescue workers are constantly training in the event of a building collapse – WSB-TV Channel 2


ATLANTA – Whether you live in a skyscraper or work in one, the condo collapse that happened early Thursday morning in South Florida leaves many wondering what our local search and rescue teams would do if something similar happened on Metro Atlanta would happen.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes went to Atlanta Fire Station No. 4, where firefighters did training drills and they did what they would do in a situation like the one in Florida.

Sgt. George Daykin has been with the Atlanta Fire & Rescue for 10 years. He and his crew are constantly doing exercises and training for search and rescue scenarios when it comes to building break-ins.

Daykin told Fernandes that while watching coverage of the condominium collapse Thursday, he immediately thought about what he and his crew would do if something like this happened on Metro Atlanta.


“So our first focus when we get to the scene is likely to be cleaning up the remaining structure, making sure no one is trapped in it, or maybe there are some elderly people who just need help getting out and that is nothing expose you. And after that we’re going to focus on any surface victims that might be buried on that rubble, you know, maybe their legs are trapped or maybe they’re on a balcony, ”said Daykin.

Last summer, a parking deck at Emory Hospital Midtown collapsed in a similar situation to Florida.

“That was pretty scary. A construction worker actually drove this collapse all the way down from the eighth floor and he was … More “Said Daykin.

That collapse didn’t have as much of an impact as the Florida collapse, but Daykin said you can be confident that the department is capable of handling a tragedy of this magnitude.

“We have tools and equipment for this. We have search cameras, we have acoustic seismic devices that can pick up sound. So when someone is deeply trapped, we know where to look, ”said Daykin.

Georgia also has its own network of search and rescue teams when a community cannot handle a particular situation.


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