Why were Christchurch firefighters stood down at nightfall on day one?

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NZ PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS UNION REVEALS CHRISTCHURCH FIREFIGHTER CREWS WERE STOOD DOWN AT NIGHTFALL, DAY ONE, WHILE THE PORT HILLS FIRES BURNED – AN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY SOUGHT

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Christchurch Firefighters Frustrated and Bewildered

The New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union, representing all career front line firefighters can reveal that Christchurch Fire Service Crews (career firefighters) were stood down and told to return to Stations while the catastrophic Christchurch fires continued to burn – said Derek Best, Secretary of the Union.

The Union can reveal that Rural Fire Officials in charge of the incident stood down all career firefighters battling the blaze. The order to stand down was given at nightfall in day one; leaving career firefighters frustrated, bewildered and disappointed.

The fire was left to burn out of control and the frustrated firefighters could see the flames from their Stations. Ninety minutes later, the alarm was re-raised and…

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