A key focus for the Lake Ōkāreka Volunteer Fire Brigade over the next 12 months is realigning systems, processes, operational requirements, and brigade management functions to the new facility, including the future operational growth, capability development and direction of the brigade.
The new facility has already been well used as a community hub during the first half of 2021 with several meetings and workshops being held by various groups such as Lake Ōkāreka Community Association (LOCA), Landcare Ōkāreka, Department of Conservation, and a lakes water quality group. The new facility has also hosted FENZ regional and national leadership meetings and workshops.
Use of the facility is available to the Ōkāreka community, however, it is not available for parties and social functions. Please contact me for any booking enquiries. We are also exploring options for cleaning of the station – any suggestions or recommendations would be welcome.
On another note, the Lake Ōkāreka Fire Brigade has been asked to assist LŌCA with the community firework display being planned for 6 November. A date to look forward to.
Finally, with the colder nights and wintery weather, please be aware of the conditions and take when the roads are icy, wet or greasy. Also, make sure to clean your chimneys if they are being used frequently and haven’t been swept for a while.
If you have been thinking about joining and would like to see w hat we are about, please phone me on 3628 874. You can also go to our website: www.ōkārekaruralfire.co.nz/
Chief Fire Officer