Fire Service inquiry extended

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The Fire Service inquiry into the explosion and fire at the Icepak coolstores at Tamahere has been given a 30-day extension.

The report, originally expected to go to the Fire Service Commission around the end of July, will not now be submitted to Fire Service chief executive Mike Hall for an initial review until August 12.

Hall then has 10 days to consider its implications and recommendations before providing comment back to the inquiry team headed by Dr Paula Beever. The final report would then be presented to the Fire Service Commission for review and at that stage a decision made on its public release, reports NZPA.

Originally, on April 14, Hall gave the inquiry team 90 days to report back.

Hall said that given the issues around the Tamahere event, and the need for absolute accuracy within the report, he was comfortable with the extension, NZPA reported.

“This additional month recognises the complexity of the issues the inquiry team are addressing and I do not want timeline pressure to distract them from the task,” he said.

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