Attorney-General Releases Breaking Information on Australia’s Support for Earthquake Stricken Japan
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) March 12, 2011
Earlier today the Attorney-General Robert McClelland released information on Australia’s reaction requests for support from the Japanese Government.
Following yesterday’s massive earthquake and devastating tsunami that closely followed it, the world’s leaders have reacted quickly with offers of help and support especially close neighbour’s Australia and the US.
The Attorney-General has since stated that an initial urban search and rescue team from New South Wales was being sent over, consisting of around 72 members along with 22 tonnes of search and rescue equipment
This initial search and rescue team has recently returned from earthquake ravaged Christchurch, New Zealand where their extensive experience was greatly utilised.
A team of sniffer rescue and recovery dogs from Queensland who have also recently returned from Christchurch will also land in the devastated region to begin the arduous process of finding survivors.
The Attorney-General went on to say that the sniffer dogs were specifically requested by the Japanese officials after having seen their capabilities in New Zealand.
The RAAF would fly the rescue teams over in their heavy lift Globemaster planes later on tonight, seeing them arrive in Japan by first light tomorrow.
Australian Defence was also on standby with medical teams and service men and women to set-up field hospitals and provide emergency medical assistance for survivors if needed.
It was not clear if the Federal Police would also be utilized, but they were also on deployment ready alert, if needed by Japanese police agencies.
The Foreign Ministry has arranged for interpreters to liaise with our search and rescue teams and liaison officers where required.
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