Kent firefighters deployed to Morocco say ‘devastated’ after quake

Firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service spoke of the “devastation” they saw in Morocco as they helped a dog from the rubble on Wednesday.

The four fire technicians, Dom Moore, Brad Rebbeck, Jim Chaston and Jamie Muddle provided support on the ground with the UK International Search and Rescue Team (UKISAR) after Friday's 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country, which killed more than 2,900 people.

The video shows firefighters stationed in a rural area near the High Atlas mountains pulling large chunks of concrete and a layer from a hill of bricks and tree branches.

After seeing movement in the pile, they managed to make way to rescue a dog and the station manager for the specialist teams, Mr Mandle, could be seen pouring water to drink.

Speaking about the ‘devastation' they have seen, Mr Muddle said: ‘The scenes we have come across so far have been truly devastating.

“Most of the villages we've been to have been built on the slopes of the mountain, so as the earthquake hit, a lot of the rocks and earth and debris from the mountain has slid into the villages.

“Many disasters causing, obviously, great distress and loss of life.”

Mr Chaston, a technical rescue supervisor, explained that on Wednesday the crew had been sent to a rural area in the mountains where they were going to “try to get up the road and see if we can help”.

Watch director Mr Moore said: “We've seen villages completely destroyed, buildings completely collapsed, devastation in all the areas we've searched so far.”

Discussing their previous deployment in Turkey, which was hit by a 7.8 earthquake in February, crew manager Mr Rebbeck said: “This deployment is completely different to the last one in Turkey, the infrastructure is completely different.

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“Turkey was the center of the city, many high-rise buildings.

“The majority of the devastation out here has been in more rural areas in the mountains, which are proving quite difficult to get to.

“They are all very thin mountain roads, many roads are closed due to landslides.”