LEADER URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE EQUIPMENT ON THE FIELD IN TURKEY
On Monday February 6, 2023 at 1:17 a.m., a magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred in southern Turkey and Syria. This earthquake is the strongest recorded in Turkey since the Erzincan earthquake of 1939, also of magnitude 7.8.
This is one of the biggest natural disasters in the history of Turkey but also in the history of humanity!
The quake caused extensive damage in the Turkish province of Gaziantep where numerous building collapses have been recorded and hit an area 500 km wide across 10 provinces and affected more than 13.5 million people.
Only hours after the earthquake, thousands of Turks flocked to Istanbul airport to help rescuers and those affected. A total of 110,000 people applied to Turkey's public disaster management body (Afad) to provide relief to victims on the ground. In the aftermath of the disaster that claimed more than 7,800 lives, thousands of rescue workers from all walks of life flocked to Turkey to come to the aid of survivors.
AN INTERNATIONAL MOBILIZATION
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said more than 100 countries offered help following the quake. In the list of countries cited and thanked by Istanbul are "the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Malta, India, Poland, Algeria, Japan, Italy, Moldova, Albania, Israel, Uzbekistan, Hungary, China, USA, Germany, Serbia, Slovakia, UK and Russian Federation, etc...”.
In total, according to Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay, this represents:
- more than 7,500 foreign personnel engaged in the field (not counting search dogs)
- from more than 70 different countries
LEADER SEARCH AND RESCUE EQUIPMENT ON THE FIELD
Many search and rescue teams from all over the world have used LEADER USAR equipment to detect and locate trapped victims under the rubble.
LEADER design search and rescue equipment at the cutting edge of technology for over 20 years! LEADER is the only manufacturer to offer a complete range of USAR devices for the detection and localization of buried victims. LEADER USAR equipment allows rescue teams to find victims buried under the rubble more quickly and efficiently:
- detect victims under the rubble,
- pinpoint their exact location under the rubble
- and dialogue with them to assess their level of assistance and relief
These USAR search and rescue devices are categorized into:
- Listening devices equipped with seismic detectors - seismic sensors (SEARCH): They use seismic technology to detect the presence of victims via the vibrations they generate by typing, for example.
- Movement detection sensor equipped with a UWB radar sensor (SCAN): They allow the detection of movements of buried victims through various materials (concrete, wood, tiles, glass, etc.) in order to locate them precisely thanks to the Ultra Wideband technology.
- Search cameras (CAM, TIC, RD90): They are used for the visual localization of previously detected victims. The search cameras allow the precise location of one or more victims to get in touch and dialogue with them in order to assess their state of health.
A VERY HEAVY BALANCE SHEET
The president said search and rescue teams have extracted more than 8,000 people alive from the rubble.
As of February 14, the toll stands at more than 30,000 dead, more than 80,000 injured, more than 200,000 people evacuated from the affected areas.
17 february 2023