Earthquake firefighter team arrives home

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ALL the members of a Hampshire search and rescue team which flew out to earthquake-hit New Zealand have returned home safely.

Following an unscheduled diversion to Honolulu, the nine Hampshire firefighters returned from the Christchurch rescue mission and arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport on Tuesday.

The UK International Search and Rescue teams were met by representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development.

Chief Officer John Bonney of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘The tireless work that the team undertook in such challenging circumstances is a testament to both their professionalism and selflessness.’

The 61-strong UK team arrived in Christchurch on Friday, February 25 to help search for survivors.