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It’s been a couple of very busy months for the Brigade with lots going on behind the scenes, a change of Chief Fire Officer, a belated welcome to new Chief Jake Hawkins, Guys Fawkes night bonfire, as well as responding to those calls for help for Medical Emergencies, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Vegetation Fires as well as the sundry trees and power line issues caused by wind.

Since our last report we held an Honours night to acknowledge the service given by our members and to present FENZ Long Service Medals. Our receipents for FENZ Long Service are OSU SO Peter Fisher for 28 years, CFO Jake Hawkins and OSU Medic Chris Hooson both for 21 years service. 

Additionally on the night the UFBA awards recognised the service of former Chief Bill Butzbach (43 yrs), OSU Medic Chris Hooson (21 yrs), SFF Lisa- Marie Ireland (7 yrs)FF Matt McQuaid (5 yrs), and  3 year Certificates were presented to FFs Rob Brown, Emily Abbott, Melinda Coleman and Annah Rait.  The Brigade also presented Honorary Life Membership to former CFO Bill Butzbach, our congratulations and thank you team.         

You will have seen it at the Bonfire night, finally after a long wait our new, well new to us, bigger Iveco Type 2 Appliance has arrived and allows us the now have all the equipment needed to be our first responding appliance along with room to spare, with our smaller Appliance to move into its more specialist role as a rural and secondary appliance. The crews all appreciate the large amount of room to stow all of our equipment, it’s ease of access and the spacious interior cab space

We have responded to a number of calls, and if the siren seems to go an extra couple of times we are purely asking for more crew in anticipation of a larger scene requiring more hands, so don’t be alarmed.


  • Learn CPR – you can save a life !
  • Wear your seat belt !
  • You can always check the fire season status at www.checkitsalright.nz, and as this is typed the 27+ degrees and urban watering restrictions starting it certainly looks like it could be a hot summer so please take care with all outdoor fires and BBQs.



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