Puhoi Fire Report December – January 2015 -2016

(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.

Puhoi Fire Brigade October 2015 Report

Call statistics for October –

Scrub Fire – 3
MVC – 1
 
Weather has been confusing, with some very hot days in the sun but very cool winds and some even cooler nights! But the ground is drying out rapidly! At the moment we are still in an Open Fire Season. However, please do take care with burning as there have already been three big scrub fires around Auckland since spring. And this is just a sign of things to come if the weatherman has it right!
 
This month we also attended the annual Auckland Rural Fire Brigade Honours night where Auckland Council thanks the volunteers for their work over the previous year. Puhoi had many honours handed out this year from service awards to NZQA accreditations being awarded also. During almost every section there was a member being awarded.

We are still collecting scrap metal at the Fire Station / Puhoi River Motors The scrap collection point has moved though to under the canopy next to the fire station itself, freeing up the car yard. Please remember scrap metal only though. Thanks for your ongoing support here.

We are continuing to recruit new members – if you are over 16 years of age, live locally in Puhoi and have a can- do attitude we are interested in hearing from you. We will supply all the training, uniform and support you need. Contact – Russell Green 021655461

Chris Farac
Qualified Firefighter                                        
Puhoi Fire Brigade    

 

Fire Brigade Report: September 2015

Call statistics for September –

  • MVC – 2
  • Medical – 2
  • Scrub Fire – 1
  • Road Clean Up – 1
  • Weather Related – 1
  • Fire Alarm – 2

Well the weather has turnned back on for us in the recent weeks with great heat from the sun yet the nights remind us its still not quite summer with temperatures down around 3 degrees some mornings!

Thank you to everyone the other week with your patience during an extended road closure of SH1 from Puhoi to Warkworth, there were a few hundred extra vehicles through Puhoi that day! Our crews worked hard from 5am through to 6pm that night at cordons and attending a scrub fire during the closure period also!

With the weather at the moment it is still an open season, but please remember to keep your fires safe, with the strong winds and the sun burning away it doesn’t take much for little fires to become big ones. And if any concerns ring 111 straight away.

Our latest 3 recruits have finished all their basic training and breathing apparatus training now. And at the same time 5 others have completed all their pump requirements for the appliance. Busy month on the training ground and ready for the big summer they say is coming

We are continuing to recruit new members, if you are over 16 years of age, live locally in Puhoi and have a can do attitude we are interested in hearing from you. We will supply all the training, uniform and support you need. Contact – Russell Green 021655461

Chris Farac

Qualified Firefighter

Puhoi Fire Brigade

 

Puhoi Rural Fire Force: August 2015 Report

Call statistics for August –

MVC – 3

Medical – 1

Scrub Fire – 1

Assist Ambulance – 2

Road Clean Up – 1

Structure Fire – 1

This month saw a drastic change in our callouts. We attended 2 horrific crashes along with Silverdale and Warkworth Crews in almost the same identical spot. With members assisting in medical and fire duties at both calls, and assisting with landing the Westpac Rescue Helicopter at the second call. The weather washed some debris from rocks faces onto the highway resulting in a clean up call.

On the 17 August we also worked alongside the New Zealand Police and St John Ambulance at an exercise to test the response to a motor vehicle crash at the Johnstone Hill Tunnels. Thankfully the weather held that night and there were some good learning that came of the night. The Puhoi Brigade had a glowing report from the Fire Service Managers of the night!

The weather is slowing changing on us and the sun has some heat in it, summer feels like its on its way! Remember to keep safe with your burn offs, currently it’s open season but still be careful.

Mike has returned from Dunedin where he was on a specialist crew leaders course, he is now allowed to lead a crew in overseas deployments fighting scrub fires, really putting Puhoi on the map!

We are continuing to recruit new members, if you are over 16 years of age, live locally in Puhoi and have a can do attitude we are interested in hearing from you. We will supply all the training, uniform and support you need. Contact – Russell Green 021655461

Chris Farac Qualified Firefighter Puhoi Fire Brigade

Fire Brigade: July 2015 Report

Call statistics for July –

No callouts this month!

July brought a few cold nights this month, with reports of black ice on the roads around Rodney! We hope you are keeping well and warm out there!

Even though we have not turned a wheel with any callouts we have been busy behind the scenes! In late August through to September we have some big assessments coming up for the team. Chainsaw use courses, Pump operator sign offs and our recruits get put their paces at a Breathing Apparatus Course. As well as this we have the Johnstone Hill Tunnel exercise on the 17 August. This is when the emergency plan for the tunnel gets tested to ensure all emergency services are ok with a response to the tunnel.

Remember if you see anything out there that you think we should be aware of please do call 111. And if someone has sustained an injury as a result of a car accident or any substantial force please do not move them. If you need to ring an ambulance, cover them if you are able, leave them to ring for help then go back. Please do not move the patient or patients. This reduces the chance of further injury or damage to them.

Fire Brigade: June Report

Call statistics for June –

Vegetation Fire – 1

Minor Fire – 1

Hope you are all keeping warm out there with some of the freezing mornings we are having.

This month our members completed various courses. With two of our newest recruits completing their Basic Training course. We also had a driving course for 3 members who are now probationary Emergency Response Drivers. And the final course was a 4wd course. This saw our members take out our smoke chaser (ute) and put it through some challenges on a farm in Mangatawhiri. All were lots of fun and a lot learnt!

We are still collecting scrap metal at 1 Ahuroa Rd (Puhoi River Motors). This goes towards the new station funds. So if any scrap metal lying around, drop it off. But please no general rubbish.

We are continuing to recruit new members, if you are over 16 years of age, live locally in Puhoi and have a can do attitude we are interested in hearing from you. We will supply all the training, uniform and support you need. Contact – Rob Beardmore 021891996

Keep warm out there!

 

Chris Farac

Qualified Firefighter

Puhoi Fire Brigade

Fire Brigade Monthly Report: May 2015

Call statistics for May –

Vegetation Fire – 1

Motor Vehicle Crash – 1

Winter is definitely here! With the cooler months people are starting to use their home fire places. The fire service recommends along with many insurance companies that you have your chimney swept to ensure its clear of any obstructions, such as bird nests that may have popped up over the summer! This helps reduce the chance of a chimney fire. If you think you have a chimney fire, ring 111 immediately for the fire service. Also remember to discard of your ashes safely. Store them in a metal bucket for a couple of days before throwing them into the garden or compost as often they can still be quite hot hours after you have had a fire.

Over the next few weekends brigade members are off doing driving courses in both our appliances. Most exciting one is the 4wd course members will be out in Bombay practicing in our Smoke Chaser (4wd ute). We’ll post some pictures up on our facebook page of the courses.

We are continuing to recruit new members, if you are over 16 years of age, live locally in Puhoi and have a can do attitude we are interested in hearing from you. We will supply all the training, uniform and support you need. Contact – Rob Beardmore 021891996

Keep warm out there!

 

Chris Farac

Qualified Firefighter

Puhoi Fire Brigade

Call statistics for May –

Vegetation Fire – 1

Motor Vehicle Crash – 1

Winter is definitely here! With the cooler months people are starting to use their home fire places. The fire service recommends along with many insurance companies that you have your chimney swept to ensure its clear of any obstructions, such as bird nests that may have popped up over the summer! This helps reduce the chance of a chimney fire. If you think you have a chimney fire, ring 111 immediately for the fire service. Also remember to discard of your ashes safely. Store them in a metal bucket for a couple of days before throwing them into the garden or compost as often they can still be quite hot hours after you have had a fire.

Over the next few weekends brigade members are off doing driving courses in both our appliances. Most exciting one is the 4wd course members will be out in Bombay practicing in our Smoke Chaser (4wd ute). We’ll post some pictures up on our facebook page of the courses.

We are continuing to recruit new members, if you are over 16 years of age, live locally in Puhoi and have a can do attitude we are interested in hearing from you. We will supply all the training, uniform and support you need. Contact – Rob Beardmore 021891996

Keep warm out there!

Chris Farac

Qualified Firefighter

Puhoi Fire Brigade

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