Approximately 70 members of the Queensland Fire Service Urban Search and Rescue Team, together with Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics and 20 tonnes of essential support equipment, were airlifted by a Royal Australian Air Force C17 Globemaster III from RAAF Amberley to Christchurch, New Zealand, on Wednesday 23 February, to assist in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
An Emergency Department team including doctors, nurses, an orthopaedic specialist and an Anaesthetist have also arrived in the city. A 75 bed field office will follow them out shortly.
140 Australian Urban Search and Rescue specialists are working in New Zealand to assist authorities there to find survivors and rebuild the city. 100 Australian citizens have been evacuated out of the country.