Work in the wake of Hurricane Ian, Missouri Task Force 1 in Fort Myers, Fla.

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – Missouri Task Force 1 returned to Fort Myers Beach on Wednesday, Oct 5, to continue primary and secondary searches.

#MoTF1 searched Tuesday over 570 different structures and debris piles in one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Ian. The amount of destruction caused by Hurricane Ian in this area is unprecedented in recent memory. They are seeing buildings that are completely gone from their foundations and in piles.

While performing their searches, one of the HRD (Human Remains Detection) canines unfortunately located a victim that did not survive the storm. As difficult as that may be, it is part of what we are assigned to do and our members know that. As much as we would like to find and rescue survivors there is some comfort knowing that we can help provide closure for the family of the victim. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.

#MoTF1 are currently working on the southern tip of Fort Myers Beach, Fla. 

#MoTF1 DSAR (Disaster Situation Assessment and Reconnaissance) Team, which is a sUAS drone team working for the Florida UAV Strike Team, was also assigned to Fort Myers Beach. The Florida UAV Strike Team was used to quickly identify structures, from the air, along the beach that were difficult for the task forces to make access into. The drones were able to fly around the structures, photograph them and tag them by GPS for more in-depth search today. The #MoTF1 DSAR team tagged 25 of those locations their second day of work.

Wednesday the task leader stated, “MO-TF1 has been assigned to the southern end of the island to continue their assignment. There is a lot of work to do but the team is doing great and proud to be helping the citizens of Florida.”

A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO THOSE BACK HOME: “The Boone County Fire Protection District would like to thank all of the employers and family members of those deployed on this mission. Without your unwavering support and sacrifice, MO-TF1 would not be able to do what we do.”

Stay with Joplin News First on KOAM News Now as we continue to cover news and information as Missourians assist in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian.


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Missouri Task Force 1 work in devastated Hurricane Ian zone

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Missouri Task Force 1 is currently performing primary searches on Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The team was assigned to Fort Myers, Florida on Monday and has since been moved to Fort Myers Beach. The team is currently going house to house, structure by structure searching for survivors and victims as well as documenting the amount of damage to each building. This is a tedious task that will take some time; however, several other task forces have also been assigned to that area.

The MO-TF1 DSAR (Disaster Situation Assessment and Reconnaissance) Team, which is a sUAS drone team of four members, are also on their way to Fort Myers Beach. Once they arrive, they will be assigned to assist the teams on the ground. They will be able to provide tactical mapping, situational assessment and primary search of areas that are not accessible by foot.

On Monday, the DSAR team was assigned to San Carlos Island. The team arrived there to find over 300 shrimp boats, pleasure boats and sailboats that had been pushed into yards, houses and into the mangroves. The drones, primarily the DJI Matrice 30T, were used to search every boat. The camera capabilities, zoom functions and infrared camera on this drone made it the perfect choice. The team was able to read registration numbers and boat names on many of the boats and literally look inside them. By the end of the day Port Authorities were able to verify all boat captains and crews were accounted for on the boats searched by MO-TF1 DSAR.

Missouri Task Force 1 assisting in Kentucky Flood Zone

JACKSON, Ky. — “Another round of storms hit flooded Appalachian mountain communities where more than 30 people were killed and search and rescue teams found more bodies on Monday.” – Associated Press

Missouri Task Force 1, based out of Boone County Fire Protection District deployed to Kentucky to assist in the flood zone. They received their first mission assignment.

MO-TF1 is currently performing targeted and wide area search missions near Jackson, KY in Breathitt County which is in the eastern Appalachian portion of Kentucky. This area has been hit hard by record flooding and numerous people are unaccounted for. This area is very rough mountainous terrain and the team is working hard.
Missouri Task Force 1 is also sending two more Human Remains Detection canine assets today as requested by FEMA. That brings our total deployment to 47 people with four HRD canine. MO-TF1 also has two members deployed separately as part of the FEMA Incident Support Team working out of Hazard, KY.
Hazard, Kentucky, where two more Human Remains Detection canine assets were requested by FEMA. MO-TF1 also has two members deployed separately as part of the FEMA Incident Support Team working out of Hazard, KY.

WHO IS MISSOURI TASK FORCE 1  #motf1kyfloods

Urban search and rescue (US&R) involves the location, rescue (extrication), and initial medical stabilization of individuals. Structural collapse is most often the cause for people being trapped, but individuals may also be trapped in transportation accidents, mines, and collapsed trenches.

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Urban search and rescue is considered a “multi-hazard” discipline, as it may be needed for a variety of emergencies or disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, storms, tornadoes, floods, dam failures, technological accidents, terrorist activities, and hazardous materials releases. The events may be slow in developing, as in the case of hurricanes, or sudden, as in the case of earthquakes.

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Historic rainfall and flooding in St Louis region

ST LOUIS REGION — Record flooding since midnight in the region has produced records amounts of water on dry grounds, causing flash flooding.


Missouri Task Force 1, a division of the Boone County Fire Protection District say they were activated early Tuesday morning by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.

MO-TF1 has been activated to deploy to the St. Louis, MO metro area as a swift water rescue asset. The type IV team consists of 24 personnel, four Zodiac rigid inflatable boats and two metal Jon boats. The team will meet at a designated staging location near St. Charles, MO and will deploy from there as needed for water rescues and welfare checks. The team may be deployed for up to 72 hours.

This history-making rainfall event continues with 9-10 inches of rain so far and another 2-3 inches expected.

The major impacts include St. Charles area, North and East St Louis county.

The National Weather Service St Louis state, “Dangerous life-threatening flash flooding is ongoing over a broad area across central and eastern Missouri and southwest Illinois early this morning. Some locations in Metro St. Louis may have final rainfall totals in excess of 12 inches.”