West Sussex firefighters join Japan rescue effort

Six members of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service's Technical Rescue Unit (TRU) have flown out to Japan to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

They were mobilised as part of the UK response to the rescue effort following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake.

They left from Manchester Airport with a team of doctors and firefighters from across the UK.

Two of the West Sussex firefighters were part of the TRU team that returned on Tuesday from the New Zealand quake.

Sean Ruth, deputy chief fire officer for West Sussex, said: "Two overseas deployments in such a short space of time is clearly exceptional, but shows the great commitment from the whole of our team to be able to respond anywhere in the world at such short notice."

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake on Friday triggered a 10-metre tsunami wreaking destruction and claiming many lives.

It was nearly 8,000 times stronger than last month's quake in New Zealand that devastated the city of Christchurch, scientists said.

Rescue teams from South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore have also travelled to Japan.

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