Hampshire team arrives in Japan

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A SEARCH and rescue team containing Hampshire firefighters has arrived in earthquake-hit Japan.

The 63-strong UK International Search and Rescue (UK-ISAR) team has now landed at Ofunato City with US teams from Fairfax County and Los Angeles County.

The joint teams are establishing a tented base of operations to work from.

Soon they will start searching the area’s numerous large buildings, which were damaged by the quake but are still standing and may yield survivors.

Search dogs will be used to detect signs of life over the large areas involved.

If they find any survivors the teams will use specialist tools to penetrate the reinforced concrete and metal to get to victims.

Group manager Peter Crook from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, who is co-ordinating the UK-ISAR team deployed to Japan, said: ‘We are working closely with the team on the ground and providing them with information about weather conditions, the explosions in the nuclear plants, and updates of all the other international teams’ activities.’