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By ABBIE NAPIER
AFTER TWO reports of a man trying to lure chil-
dren into his car, police are keen to remind par-
ents and children city-wide about stranger
Community Senior Constable Shane Thompson
said it was important not to panic but there were
key ways to help police with crimes involving chil-
When the weather warms up we get more of
these incidents, he said.
Kids are out on the streets more, it s a summer
Mr Thompson wanted to remind children to
remain in groups when out in their neighbour-
hoods and to be aware.
If they are approached by someone they don t
know, they need to get somewhere safe and get
help, he said.
When a child reported an incident, he wanted
parents or caregivers to call the police immedi-
Do not leave it for a few hours or another day.
There may be a patrol nearby and we can have the
best chance of intercepting this person, he said.
He suggested people in communities kept an
eye out for unusual vehicles behaving suspiciously
and note down descriptions where possible.
But he did not want people calling police for
every vehicle -- only those with genuine cause for
The man spotted twice in the last month was
seen in the Kainga/Brooklands area in two differ-
ent vehicles, one of which was lowered and
painted a shiny green.
Mr Thompson stressed Christchurch did not
have a huge problem for parents to worry about,
and staying alert was the most important action.
We don t want everyone to panic.
Fire engines take beating
on quake-damaged roads
By ABBIE NAPIER
PIT STOP: CablePrice senior
mechanic Maurice Brailey administers
first aid to Lyttelton volunteer engine
POT-HOLED roads and clogged fire
hydrants are causing damage to the city s
fire trucks to the tune of $20,000 a year.
After 18 months travelling at speed
through broken roads, trucks have been
seeing more time with the mechanic than
before the earthquakes.
Christchurch Fire Service acting area
commander Greg Crawford said the
trucks and equipment were taking a
We re hitting those bumps at speed
and that s causing a lot of damage. It s
certainly having an effect on the trucks
and it is costly to fix, he said.
While the repairs were being done the
trucks were out of action.
In the eastern suburbs many of the fire
hydrants were damaged or blocked, and
crews attending fires were forced to suck
water out of the Avon River.
However the amount of liquefaction in
the river meant the truck tanks quickly
became clogged and ongoing damage was
There is no underground water, the
system is stuffed, Commander Crawford
said. We are having to spend money to
adapt our equipment, otherwise it just
sinks into the silt.
In some cases the Fire Service was
sending double the number of trucks to
jobs in the eastern suburbs to ensure
there would be enough water on board to
put out the fire.
CablePrice mechanics look after all the
city s fire trucks, frontline and volunteer.
Service manager Andrew Hodgkinson
said the company had been tending to
the fleet since 1997, and they were all
maintained to the highest standards.
Since the quake, CablePrice had been
replacing water pump filters, seals and
engine air filters more often. The under-
carriages of trucks were also receiving
Taking action on a community's response
By ANNA PRICE
A GRASSROOTS emergency
response plan is under way to
mobilise Aranui and district
in a natural disaster.
The venture, believed to be
the first of its kind in Christ-
church, has engaged a special-
ist planner on a three-month
contract to prepare a blue-
print incorporating strengths
in the community.
The survival prototype will
focus on the first 72 hours
after an earthquake, flood or
storm and will also cover
neighbouring Bexley and
Avondale. It could also link
with any wider agency, city or
civil defence efforts beyond
the first 72 hours. The disas-
ter hub is likely to be based at
Aranui Primary School, which
proved its value in the days
after the February 2011
earthquake but this is subject
to approval by the school s
board of trustees.
Emergency response plan-
ner Jarrod Coburn said the
school had proved the ideal
post-quake mustering point.
The big boiler on campus
could potentially heat water
for showers and the artesian
well on site -- a lifesaver for
2000 people last year -- would
be connected to a 33,000 litre
Mr Coburn said he planned
to build on early initiatives,
take that discussion and cre-
ate an emergency plan .
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