Haiti: Earthquakes

International Development written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people the UK Fire and Rescue Service personnel saved in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake; and what assessment the UK Fire and Rescue Service has made of the effectiveness of search and rescue efforts in Haiti.

Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The UK fire and rescue team pulled three people from the rubble alive and helped others through treating the injured. They also assisted the United Nations co-ordinate the overall search and rescue effort.

The team was debriefed on its return and is looking closely at what lessons have been learned from the mission in Haiti that can be applied in future emergency responses.

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