West Sussex firefighters, search dogs, and medical teams have arrived at the US airbase in Misawa, northern Japan in the wake of the devastating Tsunami.
They will join up with the United States Urban Search & Rescue teams from Fairfax County and Los Angeles County in a bid to find survivors.
The UK rescue team includes six members of the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Technical Rescue Unit. All team members are fit and well, and eager to play a key role in the international rescue effort.
It is now the middle of the night in Japan, and the teams will remain at the airbase overnight and move south at first light and into the main areas of destruction to search for victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
The West Sussex firefighters are all based at Horley Fire Station but live in Billingshurst, Horsham, Steyning and Worthing.