FENZ Response to Whakaari
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From: Alan Thompson
Dear Fire and Emergency New Zealand,
As detailed in the 2019/20 Annual Report, FENZ was involved in the response to the Whakaari/White Island disaster in December 2019. Under the provisions of the Official Information Act I request the following information relating to FENZ’s response:
1. As one of the emergency services involved in the response, please advise who was the Lead Agency that was responsible for the overall management of the incident and assigned and managed the tasks that Fire and Emergency NZ undertook?
Note: multi-agency responses in NZ are mandated to be managed using the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) which requires a Lead Agency to be assigned.
2. Please identify what functional roles FENZ personnel were assigned to in the Lead Agency's Incident Management Team (IMT) that was established to manage the response to the Whakaari disaster and specifically to the rescue/recovery operations that followed the first day of the incident (the 9th Dec).
3. FENZ’s own Command and Control procedures specify that FENZ will complete an Incident Action Plan (IAP) which it then gives to the Lead Agency’s IC to be included in the overall IAP for the incident (ref Two levels of Planning 2.5.3 and 2.5.4). Please provide copies of the IAPs that FENZ produced for Whakaari and which were included in the Lead Agency’s daily IAPs.
4. Please provide copies of the daily Whakaari IAPs that identify the tasks as assigned to FENZ resources by the Lead Agency’s Incident Management Team (IMT) and as signed off by the Incident Controller (IC).
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