Rail crews armed to fight fires

Rail crews armed to fight fires

19 April 2013

published by www.stuff.co.nz

New Zealand — KiwiRail has invested in a firefighting unit to accompany crews doing work that could have a fire risk.

Two fires within a month at Tuamarina were sparked by a KiwiRail crew working on the rail track. The most recent was last week.

And a recent string of fires at Ward and along the Dashwood Straight were started by sparks from locomotives pulling trains.

A KiwiRail spokeswoman said yesterday the firefighting unit would now be on site for any tasks where there was a possible fire risk.

Trains were held up for three hours because of last week’s fire closing the track, she said.

The costs of that were still being evaluated.

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