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

Puhoi Rural Fire Brigade : Monthly Report March 2015

Call statistics for March –
Medical – 1

Vehicle Fires – 2

This month things have certainly slowed down for us. Again it was a cooler month but for now there is still currently a restricted fire season, to burn you must have a permit and follow its instructions.

The brigade had both vehicles fully crewed for what was thought to be a super cyclone heading towards us. Preparations were made including moving generators to the civil defence site at the Puhoi Hall and getting sand bags out to the library for the threat of a flood. Thankfully it was a very uneventful night with only 1 call on the coast in relation to the weather.
This month we welcome Celeste Koch to the brigade. Celeste has begun her training with the brigade and we are excited to have her join the team.
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
For those of you on Facebook we have a Facebook page, search Puhoi Rural Fire. We upload pictures and commentaries of some of our calls.

Chris Farac

Qualified Firefighter
Puhoi Fire Brigade
 

Medical Event at new Fire Station site

[from Chris Farac]

This morning the siren sounded for a medical event that occurred at the site of the new Fire Station site. The crew were called to assist with a patient who had collapsed as a result of a medical condition. Upon Deputy Chief Mike Donovan and Senior Firefighter Rob Beardmore’s arrival they found the mans work colleagues performing excellent CPR on the patient. Mike and Rob started advanced first aid resuscitation with an AED (automatic external defibrillator). Mike and Rob administered 1 shock to the patient from the AED. Further two fire fighters arrived on scene to assist, Chris Farac and Saxon Ross. At this stage a Paramedic Resuscitation was begun with equipment that fire fighter Chris Farac had with advanced airways and Intravenous Drug therapy a further shock was administered by the AED. All prior to the first ambulance arrival.

Two ambulances arrived at the site, a Paramedic crew from Silverdale and an Intensive Care Paramedic crew from Rosedale. After a 25 minute resuscitation attempt the patients Heart began beating again. He was transported to hospital in a critical condition. Enroute to hospital the patient began to wake up. He was put into a coma by the Intensive Care Paramedic crew. Upon arrival at North Shore Hospital he was moved to the Intensive Care Unit for further care.

What assisted this gentleman to this stage was the site crews initial excellent CPR followed by the fire crews AED, these must be performed as soon as possible, as in this incident today, in the hope of a successful outcome such as today.

The Puhoi Rural Fire Brigade extended their thoughts to the mans family and hope that he recovers well.

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