Thursday, May 30, 2024

Thurrock firefighters on standby to go New Zealand

The Essex International Search and Rescue Team have been put on standby to fly out to help rescue efforts in Christchurch, New Zealand, following the devastating earthquake which hit the city last night.

The team will find out for certain whether they are to fly to New Zealand later this afternoon.

UK ISAR is a team of specialists drawn from 13 fire services who are on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year ready to respond to disasters anywhere in the world.

The specialist team was initially formed in 1992 and ECFRS has been involved since its inception.

The ECFRS team’s primary role is one of Search and Rescue in collapsed structures; however, the Essex team has also invested a great deal in training and development in both water rescue and working at height.

They are the same team who went to Indonesia last October to help with rescue efforts following the earthquakes which happened there.

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