Sean Moore, the former head of the UK aid backed UK International Search and Rescue team (UK ISAR), mentored the Pakistan Rescue Team, where he shared British expertise and developed their skills as they prepared for their UN assessment…. reports Asian Lite News
UK supports Pakistan Rescue Team has received UN accreditation. The UN move is to recognise the world-class quality of their skills and readiness to search for casualties trapped following disasters, both at home and abroad.
Sean Moore, the former head of the UK aid backed UK International Search and Rescue team (UK ISAR), mentored the Pakistan Rescue Team, where he shared British expertise and developed their skills as they prepared for their UN assessment.
International Development Secretary Alok Sharma praised the Pakistan team for their professionalism and dedication.
“Many congratulations to the Pakistan Rescue Team for the UN recognition of their world-class ability to respond to crises,” Mr Sharma said in a message. “I’m proud an expert from the UK aid funded UK International Search and Rescue team has mentored Pakistani colleagues to develop their skills to achieve this accolade.”
The assessment involved the successful completion of a 36 hour exercise where the Pakistan Rescue Team demonstrated their ability to safely conduct drills such as locating casualties using cameras and listening devices and rescuing people from collapsed buildings. They were also tested on their ability to administer medical care, including performing field amputations, as well as successfully clearing heavy rubble and debris to help access those that are trapped.
The team started to work towards UN classification following the aftermath of a devasting earthquake in Pakistan in 2005, which killed over 85,000 people.
Comprised of volunteers from 15 of the UK’s fire and rescue services, and bolstered by medics, structural engineers and vets, the UK ISAR team support search and rescue responses to those affected by disasters across the world, such as earthquakes, hurricanes or floods. They can also bring comfort to survivors by retrieving the bodies of their loved ones.
UK ISAR is one of most-respected UN classified search and rescue teams in the world, having previously been deployed to crises in Nepal, Turkey, Japan, Haiti, Bosnia, New Zealand, and Indonesia.