Israel Sends Elite Team to Help Search & Rescue Efforts in Miami
It’s been less than a week since the condominium collapsed in Surfside, Florida, and hopes that more survivors will be found are beginning to dim. Rescue efforts were hampered by fires burning under the collapsed structure and with structural instability concerns, but help is coming from all corners of the country and globe.
Local Search & Rescue teams have been on site since the building fell, and now Mexico and Israel have sent teams of their own seasoned units accustomed to this kind of work.
A special unit from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) landed in Miami early Sunday morning after answer the call for help less than 24 hours after receiving orders to travel.
It’s important to point out that the IDF is probably the most experienced unit in the world at Search & Rescue operations considering that they continue to work within an active war zone, saving lives buried under structures destroyed by rockets and suicide bombings.
Florida Leaders Leading
Outside of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been on-site every day since the collapse, other Florida elected officials have also stepped up and have been showing unprecedented leadership.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), who represents the congressional district in which the disaster occurred, has also been on-site every day, giving updates, and will now travel to Washington to ask for federal aid for Surfside.
Florida CFO Jimmie Patronis, who is also the state Fire Marshall, Sens. Lauren Book, and Jason Pizzo, and Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, have also continued to play an important role in disseminating news of the rescue effort and helping to raise money for the families of the victims and those displaced as a result of the incident.
Playing Politics During A Deadly Disaster
Look, life goes on and so does political posturing. Rep. Val Demings (D), who is running for the U.S. Senate against Senator Marco Rubio (R), has not played politics and gone after Sen. Rubio since the building collapse, but her campaign has.
No less than 4 fundraising asks since the Surfside building collapse have been emailed asking for money and ripping Rubio.
It’s politics, we get it, but couldn’t they at least waited a couple more days.
Ah, it’s the end of the reporting cycle. That’s it.
Now, AG Commissioner Nikki Fried is doing the political trashing herself, taking deliberate aim at DeSantis for appearing on Fox News after the collapse. Fried forgot one little detail. MUST READ
Ron DeSantis @GovRonDeSantis-Yesterday, @IsraeliPM @naftalibennett offered Israel’s full support to Florida, and today, at the request of some Surfside families, we welcomed an expert IDF recovery team to supplement Surfside’s search and rescue efforts.
Jimmy Patronis @JimmyPatronis-We now have nearly 370 urban search and rescue members working this mission. This is the largest non-hurricane deployment in FL's history. These men and women will no stop and will continue to work day and night until the mission is done.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz @DWStweets-Officials are working around the clock to reunite families impacted by the Champlain Towers collapse. Families can sign up at http://SurfsideReunite.com to receive updates on their loved ones.
Mayor Gabriel Groisman @GabeGroisman-I spent time the last few days with @MiamiDadeFire search teams. Their commitment and skills are second to none. Their leadership has been spent much time with the families, updating them and answering all of their questions. We are blessed to have them in our community.
Daniella Levine Cava @MayorDaniella-Earlier today I visited the collapsed building with Director @FEMA_Deann. It’s heartbreaking – but watching our men and women searching the rubble without stopping reaffirmed just how lucky we are to have the best in the world on this mission.