Task Force members performed damage assessments today throughout their assigned sector. They also performed secondary searches at several collapse sites. Task Force engineers were tasked with performing damage assessments on various bridges throughout the city. This task was very helpful in assisting city officials develop plans to repair those bridges that were damaged and deemed unsafe to use.
Throughout the day various search assignments were received and conducted with no additional survivors found. Task Force leaders conducted their nightly briefing where they were briefed on activities for tomorrow.
Task Force members also took one brief moment out of their day to send a get well photo for Fresno Fire Department Captain Pete Dern. Many have seen the horrific video of Captain Pete Dern falling through the roof at a house fire. Captain Dern was leading his crew across the roof to provide ventilation for interior crews when the roof failed causing Captain Dern to fall straight into the fire. The 49 year old Captain suffered second and third degree burns on about 65% of his body. He remains in critical condition with a long road to recovery, expected to receive 14 to 15 more surgeries in the several months to come.
The Fresno City Fire Fighters - IAFF Local 753 have set-up a fund drive for Pete on their site at www.fresnofirefighters.net. In addition there has been a request that fire fighters send a photo with your crew and a simple note to Captain Dern showing your support. This will no doubt offer inspiration and motivation by helping him stay focused and assist with his recovery.
Continued thoughts and prayers to Captain Dern and his family.