Acts Of Extraodinary Kindness - Essex Fire Fighters Return from Turkey Deployment

February 23, 2023

Three fire officers from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) who flew out to Turkey following the devastating earthquakes are home having spent eight days working day and night to help find survivors, reports Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

The news article continues: Group Manager Scott Meekings, Crew Manager Bryn Jones and Watch Manager Steve Smith are volunteer members of the UK International Search and Rescue (UKISAR) team who were deployed to Turkey to help with the search and rescue mission. 

The three officers were part of a 77-strong team which is made up of firefighters and staff from 14 fire and rescue services, deployed through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). 

The UK ISAR team successfully rescued eight survivors and passed intel for three more rescues to other local rescue teams.

In total there were 90 International search and rescue teams who helped save 211 people who would not been here if it wasn’t for the selfless bravery of these teams.

Read the full article and watch the interview video