Izmir, Turkey – AKUT Chairman Recep Salci, who stressed that Turkey is one of the few countries in the world in search and rescue efforts, said: “when we look at it, many states in the world in terms of search and rescue admire this experience, work and equipment in Turkey. They want to work with us when we go abroad. This shows the power of Turkey, ” he said.
Search and Rescue Association (AKUT) Chairman of the Board of Directors Recep Salci, Turkey is one of the few countries in the world in search and rescue work reported. “Turkey is very strong in search and rescue. He’s capable of managing much bigger photos. We saw it in Van. From the point of view of search and rescue, many states around the world admire this experience, work and equipment in Turkey. They want to work with us when we go abroad. This shows the power of Turkey.” said.
AKUT, who performed successful rescue efforts on difficult wrecks in the Marmara earthquake that occurred on August 17, 1999, played an important role in the development of search and rescue activities in Turkey.
AKUT served in search and rescue efforts with 306 volunteers consisting of 17 teams during the earthquake in Izmir.
Salci, AA correspondent said in a statement, while training in Bodrum, they learned that there was an earthquake in Izmir, whereupon they sent teams from Kusadasi and Manisa to the region due to its proximity.
Within half an hour, Istanbul, Ankara, Kocaeli, Eskisehir, such as large teams sent to cities stating that Salci, 17 teams of 306 volunteers served in Izmir, he said.
Salci stated that they served in 5 wrecks for 4 days and continued their words as follows:
“We took part in the evacuation of 9 injured citizens, 10 funerals and a large number of pets and ended our work. In Izmir, soft floor collapses were too much. The biggest problem with the soft floor is that the first 1-2 floors collapse, but the other floors do not collapse. This poses a danger to search and rescue teams. During the operation there were continuous aftershocks. This posed a risk to search and rescue teams as damaged buildings were likely to collapse. Our small and fast teams made the rescues despite this. We took all the risks and carried out studies in places where they were detected alive. This was a situation that was not or is rare in previous earthquakes.”
The wreckage is very sandy and the quality of the concrete is poor, said Shalci, so there are not many gaps in the wreckage.
Salci, AFAD teams have experience working in all kinds of conditions, pointing out, “other teams are in very good condition. AFAD and JAK in particular are world-class teams. This makes us happy because search and Rescue is not a competition, but an area where there is solidarity. We learned coordination, everyone acted with the idea of how we can achieve this together., “he said.
Turkey has an important position in the world in search and Rescue, noted Salci, continued:
“Turkey is very strong in search and rescue. He’s capable of managing much bigger photos. We saw it in Van. From the point of view of search and rescue, many states around the world admire this experience, work and equipment in Turkey. They want to work with us when we go abroad. This shows the power of Turkey. We are very strong in search and rescue, and we are one of the few countries in the world. If we list China, Russia, the United States, followed by Turkey. We see that on the field as well. We’re working more technical and planned. At 91 hours, a meeting was held at 02: 30 at night to save Ayda. At this meeting, it was planned that our child would be able to use his energy more, that he would be likely to survive because he slept, that he would be in the void because he was small. After this meeting with AKUT, JAK and AFAD, JAK did meticulous work and Ayda was reached alive. If these plans hadn’t been made, if the scoops had been put in there, maybe we wouldn’t have been able to save our daughter alive.”
People of Izmir supported the work. Salci said that the people of Izmir helped them a lot in the work, and they supported the search and rescue teams despite their suffering.
“All the teams that were there ran from the wreckage to the wreckage,” said Salci, who said the people of Izmir took care of them very well. It shows the dedication and solidarity of the Turkish nation from the imece culture. You can’t get that motivation anywhere else. I have also participated in many operations abroad, there is no such dedication and solidarity there. I think this is a unique situation for the Turkish nation.” said.
He added that traffic should not be busy after the earthquake.