Fire Brigade Update: Jan 2020

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.

Regards,
Russell.
Chief Fire Officer- Puhoi
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