12 Mar '11, 5am

SCDF sends rescuers to quake-hit Japan

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has sent five search specialists and five search dogs to Japan to assist in the rescue operations following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake which hit northeast Japan on Friday. The SCDF officers are from the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) contingent, codenamed Operation Lionheart. The team is led by Search Platoon Commander, Major Tan Loo Ping. He will coordinate with the local authorities on the areas to be deployed. The SCDF search team left on Flight SQ 12 on Saturday morning. Members of the team have participated in overseas search and rescue operations. Major Tan and three of the officers in the team for Japan returned from Christchurch, New Zealand on March 6 after participating in the search and rescue efforts there.

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