UK fire chief to head quake response review

2:33 pm on 10 June 2012

A British expert will lead an independent review into how the Fire Service responded to the Christchurch earthquake in February last year.

In August last year, an internal review found the national deployment and response went well but that there were some administrative and management problems.

About 40 recommendations were made, most of which the Fire Service says it has implemented.

Following the release of the internal internal review, Christchurch fire staff criticised management for restricting workers' roles in the central city after the quake.

The Fire Service says an independent review will be carried out by West Yorkshire chief fire officer and chief executive Simon Pilling who is highly qualified in incident monitoring and internal operations.

The service says he will arrive in New Zealand in July and report back in a few months.