Fire/USAR media update - Monday 7 March 2011
New Zealand Fire Service and Urban Search and Rescue
Media update from Assistant
National Commander Paul Baxter
Forsyth Barr - Work is continuing on clearing the stairwell
in the Forsyth Barr building. Progress is being made but is
slow work. The United States USAR team is working on this
site with support from the New Zealand Fire Service, other
emergency services and private contractors.
Grand Chancellor – this building has now been cleared by
USAR and operations there have concluded.
focus for other USAR operations includes controlled
deconstruction and debris clearance. It also includes
assessing and clearing smaller red and yellow stickered
buildings, both within the central city and in the suburbs.
• Multi-agency teams including New Zealand and
international USAR team members, firefighters and police
were yesterday able to clear about 300 buildings and will be
continuing to operate today. They have a priority list of
buildings that has been decided in association with Civil
Defence, the City Council and Police but will also try to
assist other building owners they come across, where
• Civil Defence is the main point of
contact for inquiries about buildings.
• With the cold
and damp weather conditions, the Fire Service continue to be
able to help residents facing weather related problems, for
example putting tarpaulins on damaged roofs. Contact the
• Power is continuing to be
reconnected in some areas of the central city, and we remind
people to be very careful. Any queries about the resumption
of power to your property please contact Orion on 0800 363
• The fire ban remains in place. This
means no open fires. Barbecues and gas cookers can be used
outside. This fire ban is in place to ensure vital resources
remain where they are needed.
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