TWELVE firefighters - who trained at Bickenhill - have joined the international rescue effort in Haiti.
The Caribbean nation was rocked by a massive earthquake on Tuesday and thousands are feared dead.
Now a specialist rescue team from West Midlands Fire Service have flown out to help rescue survivors from the rubble.
The group will be led by Station Commander Sean Moore and Solihull-based firefighter Lee Ivory.
Over the coming days, their job will be to command heavy rescue duties in the country, working with colleagues from around the world.
The search and rescue team are put through their paces at a special training facility, housed on the same site as Bickenhill Fire Station.
They have already been dispatched to several natural disasters over the past few months, including Indonesia, hit by a tremor in October, and Cumbria - which suffered heavy flooding the following month.