Female voice was heard during initial Surfside search and rescue efforts, fire chief says

Thomas Von Essen, former fire commissioner for New York City.
Thomas Von Essen, former fire commissioner for New York City. Source: CNN

Search and rescue operations on the web site of the Surfside constructing collapse have been halted because of structural issues that might endanger rescue groups, officers introduced earlier.

Thomas Von Essen, former fire commissioner for New York City who was concerned in search and rescue missions following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist assault, advised CNN the location of the constructing collapse in Surfside, Florida, reminds him of comparable issues they confronted on the web site of 9/11.

During search and rescue efforts following Sept. 11, Von Essen stated they needed to briefly halt rescue operations because of structural points that might endanger males and girls looking the scene. Similarly, rescue efforts have been paused on the Champlain Towers South.

“It is just heartbreaking listening to the chief, because you could see how personal it has become for him. The idea of hearing a voice and then to have to stop trying to find that voice or unsuccessfully finding the voice,” he stated.

Von Essen stated specialists have been “using all of the technology available” to detect motion within the construction. Earlier this morning, three gadgets monitoring cracks within the construction went off, inflicting operation to cease.

“It happened to us a lot on the Trade Center site. Remember, we had 14 acres so you were able to keep search going in some spots and have to stop it at other spots. But here, this is a much smaller area, so they’re afraid of any movement hurting the folks that are underneath and also debris falling on top of the guys and folks on top of the pile,” Von Essen advised CNN.

To resume rescue operations in Surfside, Von Essen stated specialists have to determine how you can deal with the column that has shifted six to 12 inches.

“They don’t know how much is going to fall. Maybe not the whole building, but they don’t know if a considerable amount of concrete is going to fall, and if it falls 12 floors, you can’t be anywhere near it,” Von Essen stated. “So they’ve got a tough decision to make there right now. And they’ve got the best people you can have, all of the engineers from Miami, from FEMA and everybody trying to help.”

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