Cyclone Lusi: Extra firefighters and appliances sent North

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A Fire Service taskforce which includes five appliance and 26 personnel left Takapuna Fire Station yesterday for Kerikeri to help with the aftermath of Cyclone Lusi.

Region Manager Assistant National Commander Brian Butt said parts of Northland were often cut off by floods at Kawakawa and in the Waipu-Ruakaka area.

"They are travelling up now while it is safe , to get ahead of the weather."

The appliances will be positioned where they are most needed and will be crewed 24/7 by a mix of volunteer and career personnel from Auckland and Northland.

The taskforce Is taking portable power generators with them to ensure the Kerikeri Fire Service base can remain fully operational if the town's electricity supply is affected.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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