Fire crews honoured for quake response

10:13 pm on 5 July 2011

Hundreds of members of the Fire Service have been recognised on Tuesday for their response to devastating February earthquake.

The quake on 22 February killed 181 people and destroyed many buildings and properties.

Representatives from more than 70 brigades in Canterbury and the upper South Island were awarded certificates of commendation at the Air Force Museum in Christchurch.

The Fire Service's national commander and chief executive, Mike Hall, says it is crucial the crews are recognised for their devoted response at a time when many of their own lives were literally in ruins.

Mr Hall says other smaller events are also being organised for the North Island and lower South Island crews that responded to the quake.