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Media Release

WA helps with New Zealand earthquake recovery
Friday 4 March 2011 – 8:20 AM

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) personnel from FESA will travel to earthquake damaged New Zealand tomorrow to assist with recovery efforts.

 

Following a significant earthquake that struck the City of Christchurch on 22 February causing widespread destruction to buildings and infrastructure with people injured and trapped under rubble.

 

FESA’s Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward said WA had been prepared to extend help and assistance to the people of New Zealand since the disaster occurred.

 

“WA has now been asked by the New Zealand government to send USAR assistance and tomorrow morning six USAR technicians will travel to Christchurch,” she said.

 

“Crews will be working as part of an international multi-jurisdictional task force.

 

“Our USAR capability can be called upon to undertake assessments of debris, rescue casualties trapped by buildings and deconstruct buildings to allow searching to continue.”

 

Ms Harrison-Ward said FESA’s emergency services could always be relied upon to help communities in need.

 

“Like many people in Australia my heart goes out to all the families who have lost loved ones in the devastating earthquake,” she said.

 

“As New Zealand moves now from the rescue process to a recovery stage, we acknowledge the hard work of the USAR teams and emergency services who have worked tirelessly to search for survivors in such hazardous conditions.”

 

It is anticipated that the Western Australian team will be deployed in New Zealand for approximately 10 days.

 

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