Fire Service prepares for storm
The New Zealand Fire Service is working with other emergency
agencies to prepare for the impact of the severe storm
predicted for Northland and parts of Auckland this
A taskforce of 16 personnel, two fire
appliances, a lighting rig and four wheel drive vehicle is
on its way to Northland to support the local brigades and
Region Manager, Assistant National
Commander Brian Butt said parts of Northland are often cut
off by floods at Kawakawa and in the Waipu-Ruakaka area.
"We are travelling up now while it is safe and in daylight,
to get ahead of the weather."
The appliances will
be positioned where they are most needed and will be crewed
24/7 by a mix of volunteer and career personnel from
Auckland and Northland.
Mr Butt said the Fire
Service is working closely with Civil Defence and other
emergency services to assemble resources and work on
contingency plans for both Auckland and
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