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    I knew about Doctors Without Borders....but had never heard of these Brothers
    By CHRIS BRUMMITT
    Associated Press Writer
    GUNUNG SITOLI, Indonesia (AP) - Firefighters struggled Wednesday
    to free a survivor trapped in a crumpled house on remote Nias
    island after this week's 8.7-magnitude quake, as officials
    estimated 1,000 were dead and said Indonesia would welcome foreign
    military help for its latest disaster.
    Residents swarmed over collapsed buildings in Nias island's main
    town of Gunung Sitoli on Wednesday searching frantically for
    survivors of the country's second catastrophe in three months,
    after the December tsunami.
    French firefighters from the agency Firefighters Without Borders who rushed to the island from Aceh province's west coast, scrambled to rescue a man trapped in a wrecked, three-story home since the quake hit about an hour before midnight Monday.
    One rescuer clambered into the rubble to talk to the man who
    could be heard moaning.
    "He cannot move his legs. He's the first person we've found
    alive," said a firefighter who declined to give his name. Lacking
    heavy equipment to lift walls, rescuers called for a car jack to
    help free the man's legs.
    The town's hospital was barely functioning: It lacked power or
    water, and fuel for generators and vehicles was running low.
    "We know there are many people critically injured," said Dr.
    Norman Peeler, a medical coordinator from World Health
    Organization. "It is essential they get treatment, infections
    spread easily in open wounds."
    The quake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island, some 120
    kilometers (75 miles) north of Nias. The even-bigger quake that
    generated the region's devastating tsunami on Dec. 26 hit a nearby
    area further northwest along the Sumatran coast.
    Monday's quake initially raised fears of another tsunami and
    sent people scrambling for high ground in several Indian Ocean
    countries lashed by December's killer waves. But no waves
    materialized.
    North Sumatra Gov. Rizal Nurdin estimated that 1,000 people died
    in the latest disaster, but officials feared the number could climb
    to 2,000. Bodies were still being dug from ruins of houses and
    shops early Wednesday and laid out in front of churches and
    mosques.
    A disaster relief official in Medan, Nerli Sulistriani, said
    there were unconfirmed reports of up to 300 people killed on Banyak
    island, close to the quake's epicenter.
    She said she could not confirm the report since there were no
    communication to Banyak island. It was not immediately clear where
    the reported toll came from.
    Looting broke out in at least location on Nias with men, women
    and children scrabbling through a two-story store and leaving with
    boxes of noodles, clothes and even a television set.
    "There is no water, electricity or rice. Things are getting
    tough, we have had no help so what can we do?" said Marzuki
    Tanjung, who was not among the looters.
    Nurdin said that foreign aid, including military help, would be
    welcome during an initial emergency phase of quake recovery.
    Nations including Australia and Japan have offered to send troops.
    Andi Malarangeng, a spokesman for President Susilo Bambang
    Yudhoyono, said the president would visit Nias island on Thursday.
    Indonesia "welcomes and is open to all kind of assistance
    including help from foreign troops to assist in the disaster
    zone," Malarangeng told AP.
    "We heard the government of Australia, Singapore and Japan
    would like to send missions soon but I don't know the details of
    the assistance. It has to be collected by the immediate emergency
    relief agency first," he said. "However, we have heard that
    Singapore will send their Chinook (helicopters) to Nias Island
    soon."
    Japan said Wednesday it would send an 11-member emergency
    medical team and US$140,000 (euro108,000) worth of blankets,
    generators, sleeping pads and tents.
    Australia dispatched two military transport planes with medical
    supplies, and diverted a transport ship to the new disaster zone.
    "I think we should be as helpful as possible," Foreign
    Minister Alexander Downer said.
    U.N. agencies were trying to coordinate deliveries of food,
    fresh water and medical supplies by helicopter. The agencies have
    stockpiles of supplies in the region to help feed and care for
    survivors of the 9.0 quake and tsunami on Dec. 26 that killed more
    than 126,000 on Sumatra and left about half a million homeless.
    Gunung Sitoli's main mosque was turned into a morgue for 21
    Muslim victims. At a makeshift clinic outside the mosque,
    volunteers were running out of supplies.
    "I have not slept since the earth began to shake," said Dr.
    Lucas Sapto, an Indonesian volunteer who was treating children with
    cuts on their faces.
    A Chinese temple had about 20 bodies laid out in the tropical
    heat.
    "We are waiting for a hearse. Once it comes, I can bury my
    daughter and two grandchildren," said Lukmin, a 74-year-old
    Chinese Indonesian Buddhist, who, like many in this country, uses
    only one name.
    Nias appeared to have borne the brunt of the tremor, but
    neighboring islands also were hit and details of casualties there
    were sketchy.
    Budi Atmaji Adiputro, chairman for Indonesia's Coordinating
    Agency for National Disaster Relief, told The Associated Press that
    his office was reporting only 17 dead on Simeulue island, despite
    reports from a local official of 100 victims.
    "We have to be careful in counting" the dead, he said, adding
    that, "We just have to count when we have seen the bodies."

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    Ok NJ, now you got me working! And intrigued too. So I did a google search and found some interesting articles. Seems that these guys are a French group, but there is not a lot of info on the organization. Hmm funny that eh? Being FF's and all. (that was not meant to be sarcasm )

    www.fireworld.com/magazine/turkey.html

    www.heroicstories.com/276.html

    http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/2005/f...transcript.mon

    I note also that there are a few related articles detailing Doctors Without Borders. I recall those guys being in the news a lot during the tsunami in Dec. Wonder if they are part of the same group?
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    We already do that with our USAR teams.
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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    Firefighters Without Borders ... but here in the US, we can't cross town/district lines when a house is burning because [insert insane reason here].

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    Originally posted by LaFireEducator
    Firefighters Without Borders ... but here in the US, we can't cross town/district lines when a house is burning because [insert insane reason here].
    Ya no kidding eh.
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

    "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

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