1990's Military Technology
Israeli Rescuers Assist Nairobi Victims
Just one hour after the two embassies in Nairobi, Kenya were bombed the Israeli army's search and rescue team arrived. They combed through the rubble as if they were looking for a needle in a haystack. It took them about 36 hours to pull a Kenyan citizen out of the rubble. The man soon after died in the hospital. His last words were "Thanks a lot for helping me, bad luck but I have to go." The Israeli team brought in their best equipment. To find survivors, rescuers used dogs, listening devices, and cameras. One of these was a "SearchCam" which is a long pole with a camera and microphone on the end. This allows the teams to see into and hear what is going on in the voids they find. To map out the pockets in the rubbleGround-sensing radar were used. This uses sonar to sense vibrations in the rubble. To get beams and concrete out of the way, rescuers used hydraulic lifters. If something was light, it was cut with a rotary saw. These Israelitechnologies and rescue tactics helped saved lives and speed up the process of getting on with daily life.