Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Nepal rescue team celebrated at Palace party

Three Essex members of the rescue team sent to Nepal following the devastating earthquakes last year were invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Assistant Divisional Officer Terry Jewell, Sub Officer Tim Hersey and Leading Firefighter Greg Kench, from the Service’s Urban Search and Rescue Unit, attended the Royal garden party on Tuesday, May 10.

Members of the UK International Search and Rescue team were invited to attend the party in recognition of the role they played in providing support to the earthquake hit country.

The Essex team, which included six rescue specialists and search and rescue dog Darcy, spent nine gruelling days in the country as part of a huge international search and rescue and relief effort.

Sub Officer Tim Hersey, who was the Essex deployment team leader, said:  “It was a great to be invited to attend the garden party at Buckingham Palace along with other members of the UK ISAR Team.

“It is always an honour to represent the Service and it was great to see UK fire services there along with other members of the emergency services and armed forces.

“We felt privileged to have been able to go to Nepal and use our skills to help them in their time of need.”

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