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A Hampshire firefighter is part of a five-man multi-skilled team that has been training a nation’s emergency services to be prepared for disasters of any kind.

The elite squad took equipment to Khorog, Tajikistan, and trained the crews in water, rope and boat rescue as well as USAR (Urban Search & Rescue) techniques.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Specialist and Technical Rescue Station Manager Chris Roper is one of the team.

He was joined by colleagues from fire services in West Sussex, London, Scotland and Wales on the trip which ends today.

The team worked in Khorog which is one of the poorest areas of the country and the British Foreign Office warns tourists of civil unrest, sporadic violent clashes and terrorism.

The mountainous region, between Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Pakistan, is in an earthquake zone and prone to heavy flooding.

The UK ISAR team has worked with the development organisation AKDN (Aga Khan Development Network) which helps implement improvement in parts of the developing world.

The firefighters have committed to raising standards across the world and in the past ten years Station Manager Roper has trained crews in Libya, Kenya, Trinidad, Poland, Denmark and been deployed to New Zealand.