Story: Fires and fire services

Emergency evacuation

Emergency evacuation

An elderly woman is evacuated from the suburb of Parnell, Auckland, during a chemical emergency in February 1973. When leaking drums containing a defoliant were dumped on a section in the suburb, fumes affected many people, including firefighters who were called in to deal with the problem. Thousands of people had to be evacuated, and 643 received hospital treatment. Procedures for dealing with chemical emergencies were reviewed after this experience.

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Reference: Gavin McLean, Fires & firefighting. Wellington: Grantham House, 1992, p. 120

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Towards a national fire service', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010