Hi Puhoi, As you will all probably know by now the siren has been reinstated and goes off with our pagers. It is set to sound off twice per call- so if our second unit is required it will go off again- twice. Just a reminder the siren is solely to alert us to a callout -it’s not for Civil Defence purposes or any other reason.
And its meant to be silenced at night time-yet to be tested- apologies in advance if the timer settings aren’t quite right…………
We are now in a Restricted Fire Season so you will need a permit if you want to have a fire – please use this website- www.checkitsalright.nz
That said think twice about lighting a fire at the moment even if you do have a permit- if we consider it dangerous we will most likely extinguish it.
Our call rate is about normal for this time of year, with only one MVA ( motor vehicle accidents ) which is surprising considering the traffic flows on our roads.
We have attended a couple of scrub/wildfires recently- nothing more than normal but as we would all be aware they have the potential to turn nasty in this wind- remember the faster we are called- 111- the better outcomes we have. We have had several instances of responding to calls out of our immediate area into either Silverdale, Warkworth, Riverhead, Okura for the very reason of getting on top of the fire asap, as well as our specialist 4 x4 smoke chaser being needed- not to mention our trained crew that brings its wildfire fighting skills to the job!
Some of our Puhoi Fire crew went to Australia last year to assist in the mammoth task over there and we have more crew going this year- while all the time keeping enough crew to respond to our own calls in and around Puhoi and any large National fires that might occur and need manpower- currently preparing crew for Napier if needed.
The Australians are certainly in our thoughts as they cope with such devastating fires and conditions.
We appreciate the ongoing support of Puhoi and the surrounding communities. Remember to please be patient if the road is blocked- we are doing our best to get it reopened as soon as we can.
Last but not least- the new Westpac helicopter is a totally different machine to its predecessor- if it lands near you please DO NOT approach it- it has a low rotor swing that can be fatal.
Chief Fire Officer- Puhoi
Happy New year and welcome to 2020. I hope
you had an enjoyable holiday break.
Last year I mentioned that our structures
team would be installing panels at the Arawhiti ki Pūhoi
bridge at Abutment G (south side of Pūhoi Road).
Due to the unfavourable weather we had that
week some of this work was delayed and the last four panels
need to be installed. The process will be the same as last
On the Thursday 9 January for safety
reasons, a stop/go will be in place at the beginning of Pūhoi
Rd when the crane is working and the trucks are turning into
our SAP10 entrance. This will happen intermittently, as and
when required only. A crane will arrive on site at
approximately 6.20am but works won’t start until after
Please slow down and take care when turning
into Pūhoi Road from SH1 as there may be a stop go in place
during this time.
If you have any questions or concerns,
please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
If you can’t make the Puhoi Street Party, you can still have a chance to raise you melodious voice in seasonal cheer at the Christmas Carols at Opahi in Mahurangi West on Christmas Eve – the lovely folk over the road are always welcoming of visitors – more details here
The Puhoi Community Forum needs helps restoring the old tennis pavilion in the park! This another piece of Puhoi’s past that we would really like to see made safe and usable again. The pavilion is currently full of rubbish and needs quite a bit of work, including replacement of some cladding, full roof iron replacement, repainting etc.
We really need the community to get involved on this one so this building does not end up going the way of the poor old hay shed!
If you are willing to help with this project please comment below.
We’ll shortly be doing an update of our village guide sign – at the end of Saleyards Road, near the pub. Mike Pero have kindly sponsored a re-print of it, so if you run a business that you’d like visitors to the village to be able to find, make sure its on the map. If your business is on the old sign (see below) but no longer running please let me know too. firstname.lastname@example.org