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NSW deploys search and rescue personnel to Japan

NSW State Emergency Operations Controller and NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens, have announced that NSW had been requested by the Australian Government to send a specialist urban search and rescue team to Japan following the devastating earthquake.

Fire and Rescue NSW is the lead agency for urban search and rescue and will manage the deployment. The 76-person multi-agency team left from Richmond RAAF Base for Japan on Sunday.

Latest media releases

Media release: NSW Search and Rescue Task Force returns from Japan
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Greg Mullins, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, Deputy Police Commissioner and State Emergency Operations Controller, Dave Owens and Acting Chief Executive of the Ambulance...
Tuesday 22nd March 2011


Media alert: Australian Search and Rescue Task Force returns from Japan
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Greg Mullins and other dignitaries will welcome home members of the Australian Search and Rescue Task Force deployed to Japan, tomorrow at Sydney International...
Monday 21st March 2011

Media release: Australian fire and rescue officer in Japan receives cut to face while in the field
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Greg Mullins has advised that a member of the NSW's search and rescue team in Japan has received a cut to his face while...
Friday 18th March 2011

Media release: NSW prepares to deploy search and rescue personnel to Japan
NSW State Emergency Operations Controller and NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner, Dave Owens, has announced that NSW had been requested by the Australian Government to send a 76-person specialist urban...
Saturday 12th March 2011

Photos gallery

View our photos from the deployment photos on Flickr.

Further information

Learn more about Urban search and rescue (USAR) here.