Herts' Fire Officer Helping After Nepal Earthquake

Hertfordshire's Chief Fire Officer is co-ordinating the UK fire aid effort in Nepal after this weekend's earthquake.

It's as a second RAF plane carrying aid supplies is making its way to the country where more than four-thousand people have died.

It left the UK late last night carrying a thousand shelter kits and almost two-thousand solar lanterns.

Hertfordshire's Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher is co-ordinating 67 UK fire-officers who are travelling between India and Nepal.

He said: "We will set up a base of operations - we're linking to any of the local emergency services, and people like the UN, some Chinese teams there, the Americans are on their way, India is providing assistance.

"We will designate different areas to be searched.

"[Firefighters] train and exercise for collapsed buildings, for rubble, for searches in these very difficult circumstances.

"They also have specialist equipment - cutting equipment, listening equipment, infrared equipment.

"We take search dogs with us too so we can cover a large area of terrain in a very quick time."

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