Firefighters back from Haiti

Two firefighters from Leicestershire are back home after helping to treat earthquake victims.

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, two men from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) flew to Haiti on Jan 22, to give medical help to people injured and affected by the quake.

LFRS personnel Mark Bryers and Kalpesh Diyar went to Haiti as part of a medical team with Humanity First UK, an international aid agency.  They formed part of a team with some of the country’s leading physicians, paramedics and surgeons.

Mark, Kalpesh and the team have treated more than 4,000 people in the quake hit country, treating both trauma and non-earthquake related patients.  They helped set up a camp outside the capital Port-au-Prince, where on the first day, they were met by more than 500 patients.

Mark told Heart “It’s a lot worse than what you see on the news, on the TV you only see a 2 dimensional image.  When you actually land there, it’s 360 degrees all around you, you’ve got all the smells, sights and sounds… it really hits you.”

The lads arrived back home today (February 3).