MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An important request Monday night from many of the firefighters on the scene in surfside digging through the rubble: Food.

Because of their collective bargaining agreement, firefighters need to provide their own food in situations like this. They simply weren’t prepared for something of this magnitude.

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Between that, and some logistical issues, many of their firefighters working 12 hour shifts aren’t getting food.

Many restaurants are stepping up and donating meals, but they need more.

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“We’re here at the site of the collapse. We’re gonna be here for quite a while. It’s a sustained effort, and we’re still looking for survivors. We’re working 24/7, so I need you to help us out. Feed at least one or two people a day, that’d be extraordinarily helpful. Thank you so much,” said Billy McAllister, president of Metro Dade Firefighters Local 1403.

If you have a restaurant and can donate meals, the union hopes you’ll reach out.

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Their email is searchandrescuemeals@gmail.com.

CBSMiami.com Team