Story: Fires and fire services

Rescue work (3rd of 3)

Rescue work

Firefighters are among the emergency services called out at times of crisis, such as this bout of severe weather on the North Island’s central plateau in mid-2006. A long-distance bus nearly slipped over a bank in the icy conditions. Passengers had to be evacuated, and the bus stabilised by chaining it to three other large vehicles, including two fire appliances.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Modern fire services', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010