On 18 December 2021, Fire and Emergency was called to a vegetation fire in Waiharara, Northland. Since that afternoon we have been working alongside the Department of Conservation, our forestry partners, NZDF, Ngai Takoto iwi and the Kaimaumau community to contain the fire and prevent any loss of life or damage to property.
On 25 August, Fire and Emergency responded to a vegetation fire started by the hot exhaust of a car that drove through long grass in a paddock adjoining Taiharuru Road, Whangarei. Initially a response of two pumps and a water tanker from three stations, Whangarei Heads, Onerahi and Hikurangi were dispatched.
Plans to do firearms safe handling training at some of our stations are halted until we’ve done more planning and engagement with our brigades.
Kaiaua Voluntary Rural Fire Force, based near Thames, may only have a crew of 13 but they’re looking mighty fine in their new PPEs for dealing with structural fires.