Highly trained urban rescue teams from Israel and Mexico are in Miami to help with the search for survivors in the aftermath of the Champlain Towers South Condominium building collapse. The death toll is at 12 and 149 people are still missing.

Miami-Dade’s own Urban Search and Rescue Team’s Task Force 2 has years of experience responding to natural disasters around the world. But this time the team was needed was right in its own backyard. 

“The natural reaction is you want to get there right away and help,” task force member Grant Musser said to Channel 7 News in Miami. They were joined by rescue teams across the country.

The Times of Israel was the first to report that specialists from the Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command joined the rescue effort to find survivors in the collapsed remains of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside.