Three of the team, Westcountry ambulanceman and RAPID UK Director, Graham Payne, and Barry Sessions, Training Officer who is also an oyster fisherman from Devon, assisted during the earthquake in Northern Turkey in 1993. Other team members are Nick Spence a paramedic with Westcountry Ambulance Service Trust from Saltash, Cornwall, Paul Minshull from Northlew, Devon, Paul Blewitt, Mike Holyhead and David Sleeman from Gloucester, John Miller from Buckinghamshire and Stewart Welland from Hertfordshire. The dog handlers are Simon Gillam from Hampshire and Chris Pritchard from Leicestershire.
It is only two weeks since rescue dogs Lucy and Elliot completed their quarantine following rescue operations in Colombia in February this year.
RAPID UK is a charitable fully self contained search and rescue team who provide response teams free of charge anywhere in the world. The trained team members have had experience in many parts of the world and are recognised by the British Government and the UN.
Contact: David Jones 01837 810734
John Holland: 01452 722251