UK Fire & Rescue services joining teams in Nepal

Firefighters from across the UK have now landed in Delhi from where they will travel to Nepal, in a bid to help the search and rescue work currently taking place.

The International Search and Rescue team (UKISAR), is made up of staff from 15 UK fire and rescue services and is part of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) National Resilience programme (CNR).

67 firefighters and medics will now be taking part in the search and rescue bid, following the earthquake in Nepal, which has seen more than 3,000 people lose their lives, while thousands of others are injured or missing.

The team will be able to provide specialised, technical search and rescue assistance in collapsed structures. This will include locating and rescuing people deeply entrapped, canine support, medical teams, engineering, assessing the damage and stabilising scenes.

Roy Wilsher, CFOA Director of Operations, said: “Our team is well on its way to Nepal and they will be using their specialist equipment, skills and knowledge in a bid to help locate and rescue people affected in Nepal.

“The earthquake has devastated Nepal and we want to ensure we are doing everything we can to help. The team which has gone out are all highly trained professionals who will be offering as much assistance in the rescue endeavour on the ground as they possibly can.”

Previously UKISAR has assisted internationally with earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and the Japanese Tsunami. The team responds to overseas disasters at the request of the government and is one of 27 United Nations search and rescue teams from across the world.

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