Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Northland storm - District Command Centre

Northland District Headquarters
88 Cameron Street, Whangärei
Wednesday July 9, 2014

Northland Police received more than 100 calls to help with fallen trees, flooding and vehicle crashes in last night's storm.

Northland District Commander Superintendent Russell Le Prou says police were well-prepared to deal with any incidents thanks to the District Command Centre (DCC).

Staff manned the DCC for 24 hours to ensure that police had enough staff deployed to the right areas to assist in any emergencies.
The DCC also worked closely with the Northern Communications emergency call centre to cover any priority events.

"Having modern technology in the DCC gave us the opportunity to forecast and plan for events hours in advance and re-roster staff to where our intelligence picture indicated that issues were likely to occur."

Mr Le Prou says this meant a number of staff were on duty earlier than normal, so they could deal with events as they happened.
"This was the case when Senior Sergeant Peter Robinson was on the spot when two cars ended up in flood waters near Kawakawa. A local farmer helped Senior Sergeant Robinson pull the two drivers trapped by the flood."

Mr Le Prou says the DCC worked closely with other agencies, such as the Whangärei District, Far North District and Northland Regional councils and the Fire Service.
"Even though a Civil Defence emergency was not declared, it enabled a well co-ordinated approach to a major storm event."

Mr Le Prou says the technology also gave the DCC an up-to-date view of what storm events were unfolding and where staff were located, so they could be sent to the scene.

"Technology helped us make sound decisions during the storm, but let's remember it was our emergency services staff on the ground that did the real work to keep people safe."

"As a consequence we were able to provide a much better service to our communities to ensure their safety."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news