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West Sussex firefighter returns from refugee frontline

A specialist West Sussex firefighter returned today (Friday) from a three-week deployment to Bangladesh helping combat a deadly diphtheria outbreak.

Neil Graham, a member of the WSFRS Technical Rescue Unit (TRU), which is based in Horley and works across the county, was part of a 40-strong team of doctors, nurses and firefighters deployed from the UK’s Emergency Medical Team (EMT).

The 54-year-old, from Shoreham, supported medics treating thousands of people at risk from the rapid and deadly outbreak of diphtheria in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, which is home to more than 600,000 Rohingya people.

After two days travelling the UK team were stunned to arrive in unseasonal rain, making conditions very muddy, slippery and unpleasant to work in.

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