site.btaBulgarian Rescuers Back Home after Sharing in Turkish Quake Response
The 12 Bulgarian Red Cross Mountain rescuers, the Sofia Municipality Rescue and Emergency Response team and five rescue dogs, who took part in the search for survivors of the devastating earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria, were flown back home on Saturday together with their equipment by the two Bulgarian Air Force Spartan transport aircraft.
"We worked in very difficult places. Buildings as tall as 15 or 16 floors had been flattened," said Stefan Georgiev of the Sofia Municipality team, which returned from Adana. They had been relieved by another team of their colleagues and expect information from them and hope they will be back home safe and sound.
Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova said that the rescuers from the capital city were the first team from the whole EU to leave for the disaster area, and they have returned safely. "What matters most is that they are very well prepared and trained," she added.