- House Fire – 2
- Flooding Preparation – 2
- Motor Vehicle Crash – 1
- Tree Blocking road – 2
- Road clean up – 1
- Water Rescue – 1
This month has been unseasonably busy for us. Sadly another fatal crash blocked SH1 putting our local roads under the burden of SH1 traffic, thankfully this time no trucks blocked the road! A water rescue came in early one morning where a boaty became unwell. A reminder to either have a locator beacon or a radio on board your boat to help get you help when you need it!
Weather is slowly turning around and with the upturn in weather comes the ability to burn your dead garden waste. Currently we are in an Open Fire Season excluding the islands. Please do be mindful when burning, no green vegetation make sure its brown. Otherwise lots of smoke is given off and if we are called for a smoke nuisance it will have to be put out. Also as the ground dries out be wary of embers in the wind. If you are not sure whether you can burn, go to the Auckland Council Website or ring them on 09 301 0101.
As most people are aware we have managed to secure $500,000 for our station build and building should be starting sometime September/October. With some luck we will be in the new premises by the time Santa comes! We have a sign up at the new site promoting how much more we have to go (only $200,000). This is mainly for the interior, such as office desks, chairs, tables, lockers etc. Any donations are gratefully accepted! You can donate at our Give a little page. Search Puhoi Fire.
Puhoi Rural Fire
Energized by the real prospect of getting the Fire Station Project completed now that Auckland Council have agreed to fund a large part of the cost, the fire brigade has started a givealittle page to raise funds https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/pvrff . Please give your support – these guys do a fantastic job for our community and may well be there just when you need them …
[via Mahu Matters]
Good news for Puhoi … Rodney’s Cr Penny Webster has just announced that Auckland Council will contribute $495,000 to the Puhoi Volunteer Rural Fire Force so it can complete the construction of its fire station. Cr Webster says she is delighted that the Puhoi Brigade will finally have the facility they deserve.
[note: image is artist’s impression- who could even consider not having a white+scoria fire station in Puhoi 😉 – Ed]
Community Fire Station workshop 90 Mins
- Affirmation that the community support the fire station
- Concrete fundraising ideas with people to lead them
- Possibility of a fundraising subcommittee and/or new committee members
||Welcome from Russel hand over to Cissy
||Continuum of (still to be thought of) intros of who is in the room
||Quick overview from Russell – mention
- Community asset
- Had so many ideas need them to be actions
- Need to be over $5K
||World café topics
- Where to get grants
- Big community events – like the fishing contest
- Local heroes – who might be able to gift money or explore sponsorship deals
- Community members with expertise eg consents, sponsorship
|A series of tables that everyone visits in small groups
Paper and pens needed
||In small groups – consolidate and create a mini plan
||Present back to group – together these make one big plan
||Who is keen to be part of a fundraising group? Who will convene?
||Final round –
Puhoi Fire Brigade report for June.
5 call outs this month;
-Tree down due to stormy weather – brigade cleared fallen tree to allow access along Krippner Road until the contractors could get there.
– Smoke showing opposite Wenderholm turnoff- turned out to be a major controlled burn off from a earth moving contractor- went for over a week…..
-3 motor vehicle accidents- two on Ahuroa Road- both were trucks that lost traction and ended up blocking the road- these trucks were taking the shortcut through Puhoi after State one was closed due to major accidents. Brigade helped control traffic to get the large tow trucks up to the site just past J Tolhopf Road.
And the other motor vehicle accident was when two motorbikes crashed into two separate cars at the same time on State Highway one by Schollums Access Road. A terrible scene with carnage spread over a vast area- two of Puhois Brigade were proactive in giving first response medical help until further ambulances and Westpac arrived on the scene to take over.
So sadly a couple of fatalities between Puhoi and Warkworth this month prompting a gentle reminder from the Brigade to locals to drive carefully, to the conditions and at a safe following distance.
Brigade crew attended several training courses last month and I went to Wellington to represent Auckland Rural Fire at a workshop dealing with volunteers and the new regime coming in July 2017.
Looking forward to the Forums workshops especially the one where you, the public, get to help us with our Fire Station project- see you all there on Sunday!
[via Fire Chief Russell]
YOUR HELP APPRECIATED- there is a community meeting on this Sunday, 10th July @ 3-00pm at the Sports Club to discuss funding opportunites for our new Fire Station project. Your input would be much appreciated to get this project finished. Possibly the only community asset built in Puhoi in your life time and you could help make it happen- everyone welcome to come along and have a say!
See you there, thanks.
Call outs- a quiet month but two incidents that could have been a lot worse-
Two motor vehicle accidents- (MVA) –
1- 2x truck accident on State highway 1- one a stock truck that overturned- all drivers were pretty much ok, the stock were pretty shaken up and a bit angry- main injury was a person jumping in a barbed wire fence to get out of the way of the rampaging steer!
2- A two car head on around a blind bend coming into Puhoi- the rental vehicle appeared to be on the wrong side of the road- moderate injuries to one driver- thank goodness for air bags!
New Recruits- welcome to our three newest recruits- Max Koch, Kim Vickers and Lauren Wheeler.Its great to get some young talent in the brigade ( to run up the hills with the hoses!!) and their training has now started in earnest- two days of First Aid training this weekend- then 4 days of basic training later this month at Mt Wellington.
Some of you might have seen the news regarding the amalgamation of all different Fire Services ( NZ Fire, Rural Fire, etc) into one organisation- Fire and Emergency NZ. This will also affect the Puhoi Fire Brigade- in a positive way and we are looking forward to the change- albeit we need to be in our new station by then- June 2017. Watch this space as we ramp up our fundraising efforts to get the station finished ASAP.
As you would expect its now an open season for fires- that said there is still plenty of restrictions on what you can and cannot burn- and as the moisture sets in please be conscious of the smoke nuisance factor as well- it would pay to check out the Councils website for more information in regards to this.
And the best thing we did over the month of April was participate in the ANZAC Day Parade- very humbling to be able to show our respect to those that sacrificed so much.
Keep safe out there,
Puhoi Fire Brigade.
MVC – 2
Tree Down – 1
Power Lines Down – 1
The weather has remained quite nice for the majority of summer, and even now as we head into the cooler mornings, by afternoon everyone is back in singlets!
As of the 1st April at 0800 the Auckland Rural Mainland became Open Fire Season. However, please continue with some vigilance as the wind and current heat still dries out the grass, resulting in a quicker and hotter burn than thought. The basic rules of not burning plastics, rubber, green vegetation or at night still apply.
The storm on the night of the 25th was an intense one and resulted in a few calls. Remember, if you come across any felled lines do not go near them, in places it is hard to tell the difference between power and phone lines. Then once they are deemed safe by the power company they can be moved by the appropriate person.
In the next few weeks our four new recruits start their training. First up is their Medical Co-Responder course where they learn advanced first aid and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator.
Puhoi Fire Brigade (our thanks to Chris for this monthly service, ed.)
The restricted fire season will be ending on 1st April (given the weather I’d have thought sooner;-)
(with appreciation, as always, from Chris Farac)
Summary for 2015 and start of 2016 Scrub Fire – 2, medical – 1, motor vehicle crash- 2 We hope everyone made it safely though the holiday season and is now ready and raring for another year. Well, the heat has been, and so has the rain every few weeks. So far to date we have had only one major scrub fire, which was in a new subdivsion near Stillwater, which we had a crew attend every day for four days straight, working alongside heavy machinery, helicopters and arborists in extinguishing the fire. On the whole it has been quiet around Puhoi with our callouts, with only two handfuls of callouts in the last two months. This is in turn thanks to you for being careful around outdoor fires and burns. So far the occasional bouts of rain have managed to keep the complete fire ban at bay, but we are still very much in a restricted fire season right across Auckland’s mainland. To get a fire permit ring Auckland Council 09 301 0101. Saxon and Mike have travelled twice to Australia to help in the effort to fight the massive fires they have there. They are now back for some much needed rest. Thank you to their families for allowing them to gain this invaluable experience to bring it back home to us. Deployment teams from all over New Zealand are continuing to travel to Australia to help over the next few weeks. We have had a few new recruits start with us and they are currently being put through their
paces before their recruits’ course, which is coming up in the next few months.