UKISAR team now in action in Nepal

All members of the UK International Search and Rescue (UKISAR) deployment to Nepal have now arrived in the earthquake-hit country.

The team of nearly 70 volunteers, drawn from UK fire and rescue services and health trusts, has been deployed by the Department for International Development (DfID).

The UK team has been tasked with searching an area north of Kathmandu’s centre in the suburb of Chandol, plus surrounding areas.

A spokesperson for the team said: “Our volunteer members train hard and are fully prepared to help in whatever way they can with the rescue efforts.

“These are highly-skilled firefighters and staff from UK fire and rescue services, and specialist doctors and paramedics. They will be giving their all to help the Nepalese during these catastrophic events.

“In all, nearly 70 personnel will provide specialised technical search and rescue assistance in collapsed buildings. This includes locating and rescuing people deeply entrapped, search dog support, medical support, engineering, assessing damage and stabilising scenes.

“It will be extremely challenging work, and we are giving them and their families every support possible.”

The UKISAR team is also exploring ways of assisting the World Health Organisation (WHO) with the wider humanitarian effort, with a focus on the distribution of international aid.

The entire UKISAR deployment is being coordinated by an Incident Command Room which is being facilitated by West Midlands Fire Service.

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