Search and Rescue update 7 pm Sunday
New Zealand Fire Service and Urban Search and Rescue
Media update from Assistant National Commander
7 pm Sunday 6 March 2011
Today, teams – comprising a fire crew, fire appliance, two
USAR technicians (one from Mew Zealand and one from
Singapore) and a police officer – were working outside the
cordon to check placarded and damaged buildings.
Within the CBD, USAR teams continue to work on the Forsyth
Barr building and carry out comprehensive secondary searches
in all other CBD sites.
• We are working
with surrounding rural fire authorities to support a fire
ban for the next seven days. We ask that the public respects
this in order to ensure vital resources remain where they
• We urge any Christchurch
residents wishing to use their fireplace or log burner, to
first check that it is safe to do so. If there are any
safety doubts – use your common sense and call a builder
to come and check it.
• The Fire Service has
been assisting our staff and their families impacted by the
earthquake. Many of our people, who have been continuing to
front for duty, have themselves suffered significant loss.
This includes 70 firefighters whose homes are
• The Fire Service family has
rallied together and is providing accommodation and many
other forms of assistance for our own people to support them
as they continue to serve their communities. We urge these
families to get in touch with us if they have any
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