Hampshire firefighters join New Zealand quake rescue

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FIREFIGHTERS from Hampshire were today flying to New Zealand to help with the an international search and rescue operation after the city of Christchurch was hit by a severe earthquake.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently on call as part of the United Kingdom International Search and Rescue team, and is co-ordinated by West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service.

Group Manager Pete Crook and Paul Murray from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service flew out at 10pm on Tuesday night as part of the advance party.

Seven other firefighters from Hampshire will fly out today.

Firefighters Pete Crook, Paul Murray, Keith Bellamy, Robin Bates, Tony Brown and Graham Libby are based at service headquarters in Basingstoke, while Richard North and Chris Roper are from Winchester and Darryl Pynigar is from Hightown Fire Station.