Fire chief admits leadership mistakes during disaster

Leader admits at inquest that he should have taken command after a massive earthquake


The Timaru Herald

FAIRFAX, New Zealand — A Christchurch Fire Service officer has admitted he should have taken command at the Canterbury Television building collapse and made it clear who was in charge.

Assistant area manager Dave Burford yesterday told a coroner's inquest in Christchurch that firefighters were under-resourced at the CTV building site after the February 2011 earthquake but he should have put a command structure in place.

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