Hampshire firefighters fly out to Nepal

HFRS Nepal Rescuers

Specialist Fire Fighters and Officers based at Eastleigh’s Hampshire Fire and Rescue HQ are flying out to disaster struck Nepal tonight to join in with an International rescue mission.

At least 2,500 people were killed as a result of the 7.8 magnitude quake that struck on Saturday .

Many thousands more are without shelter or are sleeping outside in freezing temperatures through fear of fresh tremors as rescuers continue to work through  the debris of shattered buildings in the hope of finding survivors.

The UK’s Department for International Development has deployed a team of more than 60 search and rescue responders and medical experts as part of a cross-government capacity surge to support the relief effort in Nepal, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced this evening.

The Hampshire Fire and Rescue contingent will form part of the UK-ISAR team – part of a £5 million package of support from the British government.

A DFID-chartered flight left London this evening for Kathmandu carrying:

  • Seven UK International Search and Rescue crews, four search and rescue dogs, a medical support team and a hazardous materials specialist. They will take with them more than 11 tonnes of kit, including torches, axes, rope, search cameras, stretchers and tents
  • Trauma medics travelling as part of a DFID-deployed UK Med team
  • A five-strong Foreign Office Rapid Deployment Team who will provide further consular assistance for British nationals affected by the disaster
  • Experts from leading aid agencies including the British Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières and Map Action, an international disaster mapping charity. They will join the growing international aid effort in Kathmandu and help direct much-needed assistance.

Justine Greening said:

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this terrible earthquake. The UK is doing everything it can to help Nepal recover and provide assistance to British nationals caught up in the disaster.

“We are deploying highly trained experts in search and rescue and trauma medicine to pull people from the rubble and save lives. These are brave men and women who will be doing crucial, life-saving work on behalf of the UK.”