South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Firefighters part of International Search and Rescue team in Nepal
Six South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) Firefighters have been deployed to Nepal as part of international rescue efforts following the devastating earthquakes which have hit the country over the weekend. They join over 70 personnel who have flown out as part of the UK’s Fire and Rescue International Search and Rescue (UKISAR) mission.
The Firefighters from SWFRS are highly-skilled technical experts in Search and Rescue, who have taken part in previous international deployments such as New Zealand and Indonesia. The team, all volunteers, are ready for deployment at all times on behalf of the UK Government.
The UKISAR team was deployed to Nepal on Sunday 26 April and flew at 21:15hrs from Stansted airport in London. They had been bound for Kathmandu, but heavy air traffic at the airport meant that they were diverted to Delhi where they have landed this morning (27th April) and are awaiting confirmation of their onward travel arrangements.
When they arrive in Nepal they will report into a reception centre and also an operational coordination centre to receive a briefing and be allocated their specific working locations.
The South Wales contingent are specialists in line rescue, technical rescue, and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) which will be used to support the rescue operations already underway.
Huw Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said,
“We are proud that firefighters from South Wales are willing and able to help and support the Nepalese people in this time of disaster. They are highly trained specialists, who will work closely with their Search and Rescue counterparts from across the UK.”
“The thoughts of everyone at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are with the people of Nepal, with our expert team and with everyone supporting the international mission.”
For more information on the Nepal Earthquake and UK efforts, please visit www.gov.uk and the Department for International Development (DFID).