Four inspirational Greater Manchester Firefighters join UK International Search and Rescue team to help in Turkey Earthquake aftermath

Four inspirational Manchester fire fighters flew to Turkey last week with the UK International Search and Rescue (UK ISAR) team.

It is hoped they can help with the relief efforts in the area, after it has been reported that there have been At least 37,357 people who have died, with many more still trapped under the rubble.

The huge 7.8 magnitude quake has devastated border areas between Turkey and Syria – where an approximated 13.5 million people live.

The UK International Search and Rescue Team

The four brave firefighters helping out are Ramsbottom and Heywood station manager, Martin Foran, Leigh technical rescue unit watch manager, Mike Hurst, Steve Pennington, also from Leigh‘s technical rescue unit, and Dave Hedgecock, from Ashton’s technical rescue unit, are in the city of Hatay and have shared a number of pictures from the area.

Last week the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office shared the following emotional video where a woman is rescued. You can see Steven Pennington, firefighter at Leigh, on the left hand side of this video as they carry out this rescue and it also features FF Dave Hedgecock.

The videos show the tragic extend of the devastation in the area, and the amazing work these people are doing.

It has been estimated  6,589 buildings have been destroyed and now over 24m have been affected by the quakes and their devastating aftershocks.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service followed up the video with a walk through from Mr Foran explaining the processes of rescuing people who are trapped under rubble.

Manchester Fire and Rescue Tweeted the video, saying: “Take just 1 minute 41 seconds out of your day to watch this video and see the challenging conditions the team are working in and the dedication they have to rescue as many people as they can.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the difference they are making there.”

They even prompted a touching tribute from Bury Fire Choir which you can watch below

The whole of Manchester is proud of you too, guys!




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