Integrated response by both Marlborough Kaikoura rural and Fire & Emergency urban fire crews is the key to effective fire suppression management in the Marlborough Kaikoura Fire & Emergency New Zealand district
The initial response to vegetation fires lies with the Marlborough Kaikoura Fire & Emergency New Zealand Volunteer Rural Fire Forces (VRFF's) and Department of Conservation fire crew in concert with the Fire & Emergency New Zealand brigades responding to 111 calls. The PRFO can automatically commit resources from across the Marlborough Kaikoura district to any fire incident. Additional regional resources can be accessed from the Nelson-Tasman district through the Waimea Fire & Emergency New Zealand and the Canterbury and West Coast regions through the Marlborough Kaikoura's signatory to the Northern South Island Regional Rural Fire Committee's Fire Control Liaison MoU.
A large, multi-agency vegetation fire incident will be managed by a Regional Incident Management Team (IMT) which can be augmented with access to the Fire & Emergency New Zealand National Incident Management Team resources:
Structural and vehicle fires within the MKRFA district; although still the accountability of the Marlborough Kaikoura Fire & Emergency New Zealand, are operationally led by Fire & Emergency New Zealand Brigades with back-up assistance provided by VRFF's, as Fire & Emergency New Zealand Brigades have the appropriate training and experience to deal with such incidents.
All incidents; large or small are managed under the New Zealand Coordinated Incident Mangement System.
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