Accession Number
2012.93.1
Brief Description
One official black and yellow coloured uniform, comprising overalls, boots, helmet, goggles, ear protectors and head light, worn by the New Zealand Fire Service Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team in the aftermath of the 22 February 2011 earthquake. 'USAR' in yellow letters on the back of the overalls.
Associated Person
Background
This uniform was worn by Paul Burns, who was responsible for the management of Christchurch’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Taskforce Two during the aftermath of the 22 February 2011 earthquake. This taskforce was active at all of the major incident sites in the central city. The role of a USAR team in a natural disaster is to facilitate or participate in the evacuation of any persons injured or at risk of injury. In New Zealand, USAR teams come under the umbrella of the Fire Service. Permanent teams, based in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch are comprised of a variety of specialist members. USAR teams had to co-ordinate and work quickly to retrieve survivors trapped beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings. Their worked saved many lives in the days following the earthquake.
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