Two firefighters from West Sussex have been deployed as part of the UK International Search and Rescue Team (UK ISAR) to support flood-affected communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mick Lewin and Charlie Eastwell are part of the UK team of 33 that also include firefighters from Hampshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, West Midlands, Mid and West Wales. The call for international assistance came following large scale flooding and landslides in areas of Bosnia and Serbia which have buried homes and stranded thousands of people.
Mick and Charlie, both part of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service s Technical Rescue Unit, are working in the area of Tuzla and are primarily responsible for organising logistics for the UK team. The Uk team, who are using a range of water response equipment including 4 rigid inflatable boats, have already carried out 42 rescues including a number of vulnerable and elderly people who were trapped and unable to swim to safety. The team have also been delivering vital food and water supplies to those choosing to stay in their homes.
Chief Fire Officer for West Sussex, Sean Ruth , said: We re proud that we have a specialist team of firefighters in West Sussex who are trained and equipped to respond to this kind of disaster locally, nationally and internationally. We don t yet know how long the mission will last but the team are self-sufficient for 10 days and are working round the clock to support this life-saving search and rescue operation. This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 00:50 and is filed under News Bulletins 1 .
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