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.

Fire Brigade Update: Jan 2015

 

Call statistics for January –

  • Scrub Fire – 3 Medical – 1
  • Special Service Call – 1
  • Assist Helicopter – 1

January was a very hot and very dry month, remember currently there is a restricted fire season, to burn you must have a permit and follow its instructions. So far we have escaped anything dramatic despite the heat!

January station update! After the earthworks was completed in December the builders moved onsite in early January. The floor pad has now been prepared and the concrete will be laid next week. The funding for the next stage is still in limbo whilst we wait for certain trusts, etc to meet and decide on our applications- we are confident the money is there is all about timing. Please be aware it is a construction site and strict Health and Safety Rules apply-please do not go on site- all queries should be directed to Russell. We are grateful to the indulgent and understanding nature of our neighbours during this construction stage.

We are recruiting new members for the year, 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

We have had Jared Rehm join us recently as a new recruit Fire Fighter. He is currently going through his training now, welcome to the team Jared!

This weekend – Waitangi Weekend, Manly Fire station on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula is celebrating their 50th jubilee. On Saturday there is a large display and fire appliance parade around Manly ending at The Circle in Manly.

For those of you on Facebook we have a Facebook page, (click here, or  search Puhoi Rural Fire. We upload pictures and commentaries of some of our calls.

Chris Farac

Qualified Firefighter, Puhoi Fire Brigade

 

 

 

Puhoi Rural Fire Brigade Update

 

Call statistics for December-

Scrub Fire – 6
Medical – 1
False Alarms – 1

Happy New Year from us at the Puhoi Fire Brigade! December was a busy month for us with Scrub Fires. Our smoke chaser assisted in a large fire in Mangawhai at the beginning of the month and then on Boxing day a crew were deployed to Cornwallis to manage overnight operations for a large Scrub fire which had threatened homes in Cornwallis, near Laingholm.

Remember currently there is a restricted fire season, to burn you must have a permit and follow its instructions.

From us at the Puhoi Brigade, have a great holiday period and keep safe. Remember if you think we need to know about a current incident ring 111. Please do not ring the brigade members. This way if the fire, ambulance or police call taker needs specific details, you can give them what they need for an appropriate and immediate response.

Chris Farac
Qualified Firefighter
Puhoi Fire Brigade

Restricted Fire Season

With the onset of the golden summer weather comes the Fire ban season – probably time to get the last of the bonfires done!

This year’s restricted season for rural open fires starts on December 15th. For more info, contact Auckland Council on 09301 0101

Puhoi Volunteer Fire Brigade: October 2014 Report

Call statistics for October-
Scrub Fire -1
Medical – 2
Structure Fire – 2

Careful with Guy Fawkes this November. Remember, keep a hose or bucket of water nearby. And for burns, cool under running water for 20minutes.

New Fire Station, the road widening is almost complete and the earth works are well underway! We are still fundraising and all donations gratefully accepted.

Remember to ring 111 if there is something you think the fire service or any other service should be attending. Please do not ring the brigade members. This way if the fire, ambulance or police call taker needs specific details, you can give them what they need for an appropriate and immediate response.

We are still recruiting; 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

Chris Farac
Qualified Firefighter
Puhoi Fire Brigade

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