Drones would have made operation quicker
Rob Sherwood said the fire service is equipped with drones now which could save time if a similar disaster struck the area.
“Now we would stick a drone up to see the extent of the damage,” he said.
“Drones have been in the service for a couple of years but the technology is getting better.”
The current devices cannot fully operate in the dark or in the rain.
He added: “Things are getting better, to the point where we are using them for search and rescue operations.”
Drones can hover over large areas and can spot damage.
On the day of the quake firefighters spent hours scaling the area to establish whether anyone was trapped or in danger.