The CTV collapse and inquiry: my personal thoughts from being there

Looming above us was the elevator shaft. Each large aftershock made everybody pause. There couldn't have been a single person who didn't think of being crushed.

To hear criticism of the Fire Service response to the CTV collapse is difficult. I was part of that response. I was at CTV late on the night of the quake. I was part of the first crew from Sumner. Our own district was smashed to bits and we had worked since just after 12.51pm with the injured, the dead, and the living. We would have days ahead of us but town needed help, so our chief released three volunteers at a time. We nervously drove in.