Despite the cool and wet weather over recent months, the Lake Ōkāreka Fire Brigade has been kept fairly busy attending a number of call-outs for fallen trees and vegetation, car and structure fires, with the latest incident occurring in the bush near Lake Tikitapu.
Back in April, a late afternoon slash burn in strong winds and gusty conditions resulted in trees next to a shelter belt in Paengaroa catching on fire, with a significant crop of kiwifruit on the other side. The Lake Ōkāreka Fire Brigade were called to this incident because of difficult access and having a 4x4 appliance. Crews worked throughout the night to bring the fire under control.
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It has been great having our university student members back on board over the last few weeks. However, they are now going back to commence study for the next semester. We have also been fortunate to have had a few new members join the brigade over the last few months which helps to keep numbers up, particularly during the year. On-station induction and training has been in full swing with various formal FENZ training courses also taking place.
If you live locally and would like to join the brigade, then please drop by the station on a Wednesday evening at 7:30pm or give me a call on 021 890 508. You can also visit our website for more information: http://www.okarekaruralfire.co.nz/.
Chief Fire Officer