Volunteer Week kicked off with the official re-opening of Akaroa Fire Station by the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Hon Tracey Martin and our Board Chair, Paul Swain, on 16 June. The local community was invited to meet the Akaroa Volunteer Fire Brigade members and view the results of months of seismic upgrading and refurbishment. The morning’s pea soup fog didn’t deter people in Region 4 from travelling to take part in the celebrations and Open Day activities. Check out the video(external link) and photos(external link) on the brigade’s Facebook page.

Just days earlier in Region 3, the site that will be the home for Trentham Volunteer firefighters, Remutaka Career firefighters, and operational support personnel, was blessed by local iwi. Construction of the new Remutaka fire station is expected to be finished by mid-2019.

Keeping communities safe is at the heart of everything we do. That means ensuring we have the right facilities and tools for our people to do their job safely and competently. Find out more about our National Rebuild Programme and the work our Property team do here(external link).

Local Kaumatua Mr Bruce Aranga, Labour MP for Remutaka Chris Hipkins, Fire and Emergency Chairman Paul Swain, Fire and Emergency CE Rhys Jones and Mayor Wayne Guppy breaking ground for the site of the new Remutaka Station, which will be completed mid-2019.

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