County firefighters help at Japanese disaster zone

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THE UK team of firefighters, search dogs, and medical teams have arrived at the US airbase in Misawa, northern Japan, where they will join up with the United States Urban Search & Rescue teams from Fairfax County and Los Angeles County.

The UK team includes six members of the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Technical Rescue Unit. All team members are fit and well, and eager to play a key role in the international rescue effort.

The TRU are based at Horley Fire Station, but its members live across West Sussex. The members on this deployment are:

St John Stanley, who lives in Billingshurst

Chris Kemp, (Horsham)

Joe Sacco, (Worthing)

Mick Lewin, (Billingshurst)

Peter Thorpe-Hincks, (Steyning)

Brian Vincent, (Worthing)

Peter and Brian were part of the TRU team that only returned on Tuesday from the New Zealand earthquake.