Security for Search Efforts
Soldiers helping with urban search and rescue in the earthquake damaged areas of Haiti.
With coordination from the Haitian government road contractors, the center for national equipment, Officers of the 2nd Brigade Combat team, sit down with key leaders prioritize main roads that are in need of mass rubble removal.
Haitian Government Official:
From here you are going to go all the way down.
Before heavy machinery moves in, paratroopers help local Haitians remove essential items from their fallen buildings.
The plans are quickly implemented by members of Alpha Company, from the 2bd Brigade, Special Troops Battalion.
Engineers from the 82nd Airborne Division have been tasked to help out a group called CNE. The Haiti government organization that has been used to actually build the roads here in Haiti. After the earthquake they've been tasked to actually clear all the roads of all the rubble.
Sergeant Mike Johnson drives medium scoop loader clearing the way for CNEs larger bucket loaders.
Sergeant Mike Johnson:
Basically what we're trying to do is open up these streets so that traffic can flow and businesses can start setting back up in this area. So our team is just assisting the locals, the people that live in this area of cleaning up and the CNE guys, basically just here to help.
I feel we're doing a good thing, helping these people out, you can see they really need, so I'm really glad I can be here to help them out.
Rescue workers search building close by as paratroopers keep them secure. Right now we're blocking off the street trying to get rescuers in to help (stops a Haitian) we're just trying to block the street off, keep people out of there, so people over there can do the rescue.
As the rescue workers continue searching the 82nd stays on point for as long as they are needed knowing that Port-au-Prince still has a long way to go.
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