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Search and rescue teams in Oklahoma face dangerous conditions

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Mark Kelly is a lieutenant with the Gwinnett County Fire Department's search and rescue team. He said his team has the same tools first responders are using in Oklahoma to search for victims.

"This is one of our seismic detectors. We are actually looking for sound, anyone who may be trapped underneath something. We would be hooking up sensors and putting them in some kind of triangle area and we are able to narrow in on the sound. When we find it, we can start digging in that area," said Kelly. "We have a portable Jaws of Life excavation equipment we can use for breaching and cutting."

Although he hasn't been called to help in Oklahoma, Kelly said because of his training and experience, he knows what rescue teams are doing as they search for survivors.

"You are going to have multi-agencies dealing with the situation. Everyone is going to have to pitch in together, then you are going to have to have the equipment to do it," said Kelly. "We have a flat air bag and we attach it to a hose and we are able to lift up to a couple tons, depending on bag size."

For those trapped under debris, time is of the essence, but Kelly said search teams aren't built for speed.

"This is not fast moving process. We are going to go slow and methodical and we are to do whatever we can to try and get whatever we can taken care of as far as hitting our bench marks," Kelly said.

Gwinnett County's search and rescue team is called GSAR-2. It's one of eight teams in the state.

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