Ipswich team to help in Christchurch

A TEAM of search and rescue experts left Ipswich this morning to help emergency service officials in Christchurch find survivors from the city's devastating earthquake yesterday.

Seventy Queensland Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) staff left RAAF Base Amberley to assist in operations in the New Zealand city.

The team, made up of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service officers, will assist in the search and rescue of the up to 200 people reported missing, possibly trapped in the flattened buildings in the Christchurch CBD.

They left about 10am from the base and are flying to Christchurch in an Air Force C17 Globemaster strategic air lifter, operated by the Amberley-based Number 36 Squadron.

The team are on currently on a 10 day deployment but will stay longer if necessary.



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