By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — Pennsylvania-Task Force 1 is headed to Surfside, Florida, to aid in the search-and-rescue mission after the condo collapse last week.
The task force is a team sponsored by the Philadelphia Fire Department that can be deployed to incidents anywhere in the country.
One member of the task force is with the Reserve Volunteer Fire Department, while two Pittsburgh firefighters are part of Ohio Task Force 1, which is also on-site for search and rescue.
One of our members has been deployed through a Federal Rescue Task Force to assist with the building collapse in Surfaide,FL. Good luck and stay safe.
— Reserve VFD (@ReserveVFD) July 1, 2021
Two members of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire have been deployed to Florida as Rescue Specialists at the Champlain Towers collapse. The @PghFireFighters Captain and Lieutenant are assigned to the Ohio Task Force 1.
They will assist other Search & Rescue Teams at the collapse site. pic.twitter.com/8ZA1kAjsPW
— Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) July 1, 2021
The state task force members left on Wednesday night for Surfside.
“We can only imagine the pain of those who have lost loved ones or are still waiting to hear about their loved ones,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a release. “The men and women of PA-TF1 know the dangerous work they will face when they arrive onsite, but the ability to bring closure to families and friends of the victims of this collapse is also a tremendous blessing.”
A Pittsburgh native and her husband are still unaccounted for after the condo collapse. KDKA has learned rescue crews might be getting closer to Nicole Doran-Manashirov and Ruslan Manashirvo’s condo unit in the wreckage.
As of Wednesday, the death toll was 18 and 145 people remain unaccounted for.