Essex Fire Officer Joins International Aid Effort
An Essex fire officer has flown out to the Philippines today (November 12) to assist in the aftermath of the devastating cyclone Haiyan.
Temporary Divisional Officer-Special Operations, Terry Webb, has been deployed to the Philippines as part of a six person team sent by EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Terry will be the Deputy Team Leader for the small team which is made up of civil protection experts from various European countries.
This is not the first time Terry has joined an international aid effort, he was part of the rescue teams in Turkey and Haiti with the EU and he also travelled to Sumatra with members of ECFRS' Urban Search and Rescue team as part of an international search and rescue contingent.
Terry and the team will flying to Cebu and will be carrying out assessment and co-ordination work to assist with the relief efforts.
Update: On November 13, Terry arrived in Seoul, South Korea at 04:30 hrs. He is due to fly onto the Philippines at 11:00 hrs and arrive in Cebu at approximately 14:00 hrs (23:00 hrs local time). The team then plans to relocate to Tacloban and liaise with UN OSOCC.
Update November 14: Terry has arrived at Tacloban today. Terry describes it as "a very extreme situation" He is preparing to get to work with the rest of the international team.