DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- Ohio Task Force 1 is expected to start making their way back to Dayton mid-week following relief efforts after Hurricane Michael. That is subject to change depending on need in the coming days.
While the team went to Florida’s panhandle to assist in water rescues, they were instead used for ground searches. The 16-member team is tasked with doing searches of debris and rubble to look for victims of the storm. Working with Texas Task Force 1, they have searched 800 to 1,000 structures. Ohio Task Force 1 Public Information Officer Paul Sinewe said these are all foot searches.
“They’re basically walking multiple miles a day, climbing over debris to get into homes to see if there’s anything going on. These are very driven people. The state of Ohio can certainly be very proud of them. They’re there to do a job. They’re ready to do it. It’s what they want to do,” Sinewe said.
While working conditions are difficult, living conditions are just as taxing. There is no power and limited cell phone reception in Callaway, FL where the team is working. They are currently sleeping in tents on cots in a mall parking lot.