Search & rescue first for Addenbrooke's nurse

Deborah Swann has become the only nurse in the UK International Search & Rescue team Credit: Addenbrooke's Hospital

An emergency medic from Cambridgeshire has become the only nurse in Britain's International Search and Rescue team which is sent to help in disasters all over the world.

Deborah Swann, who works in the Emergency Department at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, must be ready to deploy anywhere in the world within six hours.

Deborah, from Bluntisham, was trained to treat casualties at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

She said:

"We simulated rescuing and treating people at heights, in flood waters and confined spaces, all of which are expected following disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and terrorist attacks.

“It is genuinely dangerous. We're crawling around in potentially unsafe structures in places at risk of other unpredictable trauma – aftershocks, for example. It definitely appeals to my sense of adventure."