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Gosh time flies, another month rolls around. The Brigade has been keeping well occupied with both fire and medical responses, including responding the recent Hinakura house fire that unfortunately resulted in a total loss of the building.

The Fire Station is unattended, for advice or to contact us,  you can phone Chief Jake Hawkins on 0272-559-440.

Our fire safety message this month is about the ” This winter, see a fire before it starts “. There are multiple hazards that are easily controlled by a few simple steps –

  • Heaters have at least a metre of clear space surrounding them while in use
  • Clothing and other items are not left to dry on top of heaters
  • Fresh air is coming into the house when a Gas heater is in use
  • Clothes dryers are often forgotten so check the lint filter is cleaned before every use, check the dryer isn’t overloaded, and use the full cycle including cool down
  • Open fireplaces need a fireguard or spark guard when the fire is lit
  • Ashes are left to cool before disposing of them, ensure ashes/ashtray are emptied into a metal bin and store them on concrete or grass.

We have had a good response from interested people but as usual if you are interested in becoming a Firefighter or a dedicated Medical Responder (you can be both if you want !) please contact our Chief Jake Hawkins directly by emailing – Jacob.hawkins@fireandemergency.nz. or pop on down and have a chat on Tuesday Training nights to meet us.

We are particularly looking for daytime/weekday Firefighters and Medical Responders, even if you can do it just while the kids are at school, and you don’t have to be available all the time, you will be fully equipped, trained and get to work in a fantastic team.

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