Henderson Fire Station gearing up for busy night

The Henderson Fire Brigade is "absolutely" expecting to be in for a busy night.
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The Henderson Fire Brigade is "absolutely" expecting to be in for a busy night.

It's the calm before the storm as the Henderson Fire Brigade prepare for a busy evening.

The fire brigade had a busy night dealing with flooding overnight but only one call had come through since handover this morning, senior station officer Chris Power said.

He said the Henderson brigade responded to a number of calls last night from about 1am until change of shift around 6.30am.

"A lot of the time, there's not really a heck of a lot that we can do. Our main focus is protecting life. That's our main thing. Protecting life and then property."

The single call after change of shift came in at about 8.30am and was linked to flooding in Henderson Park.

"It's just concerned residents after a bit of advice for what to do.
 
"At this stage, it's just a case of ensuring that their drains are unblocked and they clear debris as much as they can," he said.

Power said they "absolutely" expected to be busy later today and that they were currently in a "wait and see approach".

"At this stage, it is really just a response plan. As we get calls, we will respond to them."

Power said he expected the worst of the weather would hit later in the afternoon or in the evening.

"We are expecting to be reasonably busy once the weather passes through. We have our wet weather gear and equipment and we are just waiting to see what happens," he said.

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Power said the tide tonight could play a significant part in flooding.

"If you get heavy downpours at the same time as high tide, then the water really doesn't have anywhere to go and can cause flooding."

He said people needed to make sure their belongings were stored up high and out of any potential pathways of flood waters.

The team worked on a case-by-case basis when it came to their own safety, Power said.

"Everything we do, we make sure that we asses whatever risks are present to our staff and members of the public. We will only take action if it's safe to do so."

Power said they had not yet needed to call in more staff to work.

 - Stuff

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