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An English team sent to help with the New Zealand earthquake rescue are some of the "finest trained firefighters in the world", their leader said.

Seven firefighters from the West Midlands, and more from nine other brigades in the UK, are due to arrive in Christchurch later.

Vij Randeniya of Birmingham Fire and Rescue, where the search is being co-ordinated, said he was very proud.

The team's hub is at the Birmingham Fire and Rescue centre and is being operated by firefighters who went out to Haiti to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake in 2010.

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