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Fire Service team going to Turkey to join rescue efforts

Published : 07 Feb 2023 10:22 PM | Updated : 08 Feb 2023 03:33 PM

A 12-member rescue team from the Fire Service and Civil Defense (DSCD) is being sent to Turkey to conduct search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Monday's horrific earthquake.  

The 12-member rescue team of the FSCD has been prepared to be sent along with the joint support team sent by the Bangladesh Armed Forces Department on instructions of the Prime Minister. 

This is the FSCD's first overseas trip to conduct rescue operations in the international arena. 

Due to the terrible earthquake that occurred in Turkey on Monday, international help has been sought by the Turkish government. In view of this, the Prime Minister has given instructions to send a combined aid team to Turkey under the Bangladesh Armed Forces. In the light of the instructions, Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defense Directorate Brigadier General Md. Main Uddin has prepared the 12-member rescue team. 

It is noted that each of the 12-member rescue team are internationally trained in conducting search and rescue operations in collapsed buildings as per International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) standards. 

The Director General of FSCD Directorate said in a response that this is the first foreign trip of the Fire Service to conduct rescue operations in the international arena. This is a shining example of capacity building of fire service under the current government. 

This is an incredible recognition for the Fire Service and Civil Defence. Every member of the Fire Service and Civil Defense is proud of it. I believe that all the members of the fire service will repay the trust of the honorable Prime Minister with their best. 

Rescuers in Turkey and war-ravaged Syria searched through the cold night into Tuesday, hoping to pull more survivors from the rubble after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 4,000 people and toppled thousands of buildings across a wide region. 

Authorities feared the death toll from Monday’s pre-dawn earthquake and aftershocks would keep climbing as rescuers looked for survivors among tangles of metal and concrete spread across the region beset by Syria’s 12-year civil war and refugee crisis, reports AP. 

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