Lessons from Chile: Hope and readiness

Firefighters with the Junta de Bomberos de Chile, the National Fire Service of Chile, have been working round the clock alongside police and military personnel to rescue victims of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the region early Saturday February 27. Powerful aftershocks further complicate rescue efforts near the already-toppled buildings in the earthquake zone. Locating survivors in the tsunami-struck areas is also proving to be a challenge. Yet their efforts remain tireless, according to a statement on the Bomberos de Chile website: [translated] “we can never rule out finding survivors. We have the cases of Haiti, people who recovered after…