Work has begun this week on upgrading seven North Island fire stations at a cost of nearly $2 million.
Three of stations earmarked for seismic-strengthening and refurbishment work are in Taranaki – Stratford, Hawera and Okaiawa – and three in the lower North Island – Marton, Shannon and Waikanae.
A 23-strong group of Pacific Island fire, police, rescue and emergency management officials is to visit New Zealand to observe an exercise to get United Nations classification of the country’s urban search and rescue team.
New Zealand expects to gain a United Nations classification of its national urban search and rescue team following a 36-hour exercise that begins in Palmerston North on Monday (9 March).
The contribution of more than 400 New Zealand firefighters in helping battle bushfires across the Tasman over the past 14 years will be acknowledged tomorrow during a visit by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to an Auckland fire station.
The Fire Service is expanding its range of educational material with the release of a te reo Maori teaching resource for preschoolers.
Investigators have confirmed the deaths of two people in a house fire in Tolaga Bay early this morning.
The New Zealand Fire Service is advising Aucklanders affected by the power outage to follow some basic safety rules for using generators, gas barbecues and lanterns.
Fire investigators have been unable to determine the cause of the fire at Northcote College in Birkenhead on Friday evening however they do not believe it was suspicious.