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Mutual Aid

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

Mobile's fire department arrived Thursday night, and with them they brought four of eight K-9 dogs. The specialized firefighter dogs look to find who’s buried alive.

Capt. Kenny Tillman with the Mobile Fire Department said, "These dogs are strictly trained to find live victims and that is their sole purpose.”

Eight students died, but it's the spirit behind the efforts to find the missing, which is attracting attention.

Men, who work for a Peanut Company, have volunteered their time to help clean up debris.

Clean-Up Volunteer Jody Taylor says, "We just wanted to help. We're not doing much, but everybody wants to help."

The Dothan Fire Department provided a heavy debris pick-up truck and countless personnel.

Chief Larry Williams with the Dothan Fire Department said, "We are all in Emergency Services Together and sometimes we get overwhelmed and when that happens we have to rely on each other through the difficult times."

FEMA set-up shop with a specialized operational vehicle, complete with a fully functional satellite feed that provides up-to-date information.

FEMA Regional Director Phillip May says, "It takes learning from previous events for the community to come together and learn what went right and what didn't go so right."

And, Enterprise officials say they had so many emergency personnel to respond, some had to be turned away.

Long-term, however Red Cross Director Susan Holmes says the community efforts will play a big part in the success for the healing process for the faculty, staff, students, and residents of the Enterprise community. "People here today are trying to pick up the pieces and find out what they have. Some it hasn't hit yet the ramifications of the tragedy," she said.

Responders say they will stay on-site indefinitely. The Red Cross also is providing counseling.


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