Thanks to our Fire and Emergency staff and volunteers for your work keeping people safe during the bad weather this weekend in Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

The conditions Aucklanders experienced on Friday night were unprecedented and I am extremely proud of how you all went above and beyond to assist people in their time of need, particularly when many of you were also dealing with weather related events at home.

Thanks to our 111 Fire communication centre staff, our crews on the ground and the teams who’ve done an amazing job supporting our frontline crews in their work.

This is work you continue to do and I thank you for it. 

It hasn't been that long since we had our troops return from helping NSW with their floods and I've had offers of support from our AFAC partners and words of support as we deal with the flooding and its aftermath here. 

We have incredibly resourceful and committed people at Fire and Emergency NZ. I acknowledge and thank you all. 

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