Firefighters hunt for earthquake victims

Picture: Press Association SUS-150428-092421001
Picture: Press Association SUS-150428-092421001

Six firefighters have flown to Nepal to help hunt for survivors of an earthquake which has claimed more than 4,000 lives.

The men, all members of the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Technical Rescue Unit (TRU), in Horley, flew from Stansted to Kathmandu on Sunday evening (April 26).

The 7.9 magnitude quake devastated the region, causing avalanches on Mount Everest, killing people in neighbouring China and India and leaving countless others trapped beneath the rubble as buildings gave way.

The firefighters – Adrian Kirkpatrick, of Crawley Down, Matt Simmons, Owen Marfany, Antony Walker, Neil Graham and Joe Sacco – took 11 tonnes of equipment with them.

The search cameras, listening devices, breaking and breaching tools and jacking and lifting gear will help the team locate and rescue anyone who is trapped.

Community groups and charities in Crawley have also been quick to respond to the disaster.

Crawley Lions will be adding £200 to the $100,000 already donated by Lions Club International, which put out an emergency appeal to its 46,000 groups worldwide.

The Oxfam Shop, in Queensway, collected £40 from members of the public in a few short hours after launching its appeal on Monday (April 27).

Oxfam manager Colin Pitt said: “We have all seen the terrible images and we all want to help, in however small a way.

“Donating in the shop is easy and will make a real difference to Oxfam’s emergency work.”

Gary Davies, vice-chairman of Crawley Lions, added: “Monies given by Lions Clubs are always given to local Lions Clubs in the area of emergency who always know where it can best be used.”