PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 17, 2010) Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Search and Rescue Team clear debris at a collapsed building in downtown Port-au-Prince. Part-au-Prince was hit by a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released) [100117-N-6070S 007]
Ardouin Zepherin, TractorShare's Haiti Operations Manager, has been very busy since the earthquake. He finally got through via phone yesterday to our VP of Operations, stating that he was actually in the Parliament Building meeting with the Minister of Interior when the earthquake struck. While the building was totally destroyed, both made it out safely with not a moment to lose.
Ardouin immediately commenced rescue operations. He coordinated his efforts with the Fairfax County, Virginia Urban Search and Rescue Teams. As Chief of the Limbe Fire Service, Ardouin already had a strong working relationship with several of the first responders.
Just last week, the Haitian Government appointed Ardouin as in charge of all national rescue and recovery operations, a major responsibility in this time of crisis. He will continue to support TractorShare as Director of Haiti Operations, and we couldn't be prouder of his accomplishments in this time of crisis.