Haiti Earthquake – 2010 | Emergency Response Team Search and Rescue (ERTSAR) UK

Haiti Earthquake – 2010

On 13th January 2010, Haiti was struck by a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The quake, which struck about 10 miles south-west of Port-au-Prince, was quickly followed by two aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude.

ERTSAR were deployed and in Port-au-Prince, administering aid and searching for surivors by the 17th January.

Well done to the team who worked on this deployment which was led by SAR Chief & PHTLS Paramedic Gary Foo.  With him were 30 year veteran and Combat Medic from the Royal Marine Commandos, Merv Redfearn, Serving member of Her Majesty’s Household Cavalry and Combat Medic Class I, Gary Brown, UK PHTLS Paramedic and lecturer Che Bruce and Medical Doctors Dr. Nicola Cullum and trauma and critical care specialist Dr. Dimuthu Samaranayake.

Some scenes were like a war zone with collapsed buildings, burning fires and gunshots. The team were very welcomed by the Haitians who were very grateful and engaging – but frustrated at the lack of food and water getting to them.

Thanks to the UK Command and Control Team who coordinated the deployment and logistics, Virginia Foo, Kevin Toye, Robert Ellis, Nathalie Tanner and Anita Heer. This combined team effort was supported by the rest of ERTSAR and our many kind & generous sponsors.

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