Twenty-five members of the Federal Specialized Rescue Unit – an urban search and rescue unit – known as the USAR team, with medics, search dogs, vehicles and equipment left Sarajevo tonight by land for Turkey, where they will help the population after the devastating earthquake that hit that country.
The rest of the team, which consists of 17 members of this unit and two tracking dogs, will leave tomorrow morning from the Sarajevo Airport.
All members of this team are trained and equipped for quick response in the event of an earthquake.
They will be involved in the clearing of threatened areas, the search for the missing in the ruins, and will help the civilian population.
The Republika Srpska Civil Protection team has arrived in Turkey, announced the President of the Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik.
“The Civil Protection Team of the Republika Srpska has arrived in Turkey. The Republika Srpska firmly stands by Turkey in these difficult times,” Dodik said on Twitter.
He emphasized that it is important for Republika Srpska that its Civil Defense be in Turkey, as part of international forces and help the people there.
“It will be in Turkey as long as necessary, which will be assessed with the authorities of that country,” said Dodik.
Members of the Civil Protection of the Republika Srpska, trained to help repair damage caused by natural disasters, left today in the afternoon from Mahovljani Airport in Banja Luka for Turkey, to help remove the consequences of the devastating earthquake that struck that country.