Fire Service's quake response to be independently reviewed

4:49 pm on 15 April 2012

The Fire Service has confirmed an independent review will take place into its immediate response to the Christchurch Earthquake, following criticism from its staff.

In August last year, an internal review found that the national deployment and response went well, and that many front line staff put their lives at risk to save others.

However, it found there was disconnect between management and staff, and a lack of planning after the February quake that killed 185 people.

The Fire Service says it has since implemented about half of the 42 recommendations in that review.

One firefighter, Darren Aitken, has said fire staff in the central business district were barely able to help because their managers had limited their actions.

The Fire Service's chief executive and national commander Paul Baxter says he wants to hear from all staff who have raised concerns, so that changes can be made.

He says he will announce who is leading the review in two weeks.