By Andrea Alvarez

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News at 10) – June 24th marks the one-year anniversary of the Surfside condo collapse. It’s also the day Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials got the call for help.

“216 members. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, City of Tampa Fire Rescue and St. Pete Fire Rescue. Emergency physicians, it includes engineers, K-9 handlers,” said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Fire Chief Dennis Jones. “They’re ready to go. They have all the tools and equipment, the personnel and training to do what’s necessary.”

One year after the tragic collapse, first responders are detailing what that rescue mission looked like.

“To have a collapse of that magnitude is something new to all of us,” explained Jose Prado, Health and Safety Chief of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

“I saw it on the news and then my phone rang probably about… 6 hours later,” said firefighter and paramedic Josh Miller with Task Force 3.

One of the first teams in the state to be deployed that fateful weekend and with specialized training in structural collapse, Task Force Three hit the road on June 26th.

“When I got down there it was um… pure devastation. People don’t realize something that’s 13 stories reduced down to four stories just stacked on top of each other standing on top of the pile… it’s pure devastation,” said Miller. “Just to see… the fire still burning, the smoke still coming the sounds from the emergency vehicles.”

“We were on the pile [of rubble] 24 hours a day. 12 on, 12 off. They built a little camp, a tent city that they were living in,” added Jones. A site 72 members of local rescue teams will never forget.

“For some individuals, it takes them back. Situations with smells, visuals, situations that they encountered while they were there,” said Prado.

“It was… ‘I’m going to do everything I can as if my loved ones were in there’,” said Miller.

Governor DeSantis marked $10 million for training and equipment in an effort to prevent a similar tragedy.