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Prometheus Doctor Flies to Help Victims of New Zealand Earthquake

Dr Malcolm Russell, Prometheus' Managing Director is making his way to New Zealand to help with rescue efforts following the devastating earthquake, as part of the UK International Search and Rescue Team (ISAR).

He will join the team, made up mainly of fire service personnel, that has extensive experience in search and rescue.

"Our main role will be looking for survivors in the rubble. While it is known for people to be found alive in rubble after several days, the sooner we get there the more the likelihood of achieving something positive," said Dr Russell, speaking to the Hereford Times just before his flight from Heathrow.  "Everyone is united in their desire to do something good."

Dr Russell received the call yesterday and specialist communications equipment was quickly gathered together.

"I had a very short space of time to get ready. We are taking some specialist equipment from Prometheus Medical that is more usually used for a military setting but will be applicable to anywhere where there is major trauma going on," said Dr Russell.

He expects to be in Christchurch later on today.

Follow his progress on http://twitter.com/malcolm_999