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Grampian firefighters thanked for New Zealand quake aid

L-R Keith McKenzie, Terry Poole, Neil Barnett, Gary Carroll, Brian Easson and Scott Imray
Image caption The members of the six-strong Grampian team were thanked for their efforts

Grampian firefighters who went to New Zealand to aid the earthquake rescue effort have been thanked by the authorities for their efforts.

The six-strong team was alerted by the UK government following an official request for help from Christchurch.

They have been involved in clearing a collapsed insurance building.

Officials from the British High Commission and the UK Foreign Office visited the team to express their gratitude.

The six men are team leader Scott Imray, of Stonehaven; Brian Easson and Terry Poole, of Peterhead; Neil Barnett, of Aberdeen; Gary Carroll, of Ballater; and Banchory-based Keith McKenzie.

They are immunized, trained and equipped to respond at short notice to incidents abroad.

The team is part of the UK International Search and Rescue outfit dispatched to the disaster zone.

More than 150 people are already known to have died.

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