It's definitely been an interesting start to 2023; not what any of us wanted but in times like these small communities like ours show how resilient we can be. This is the time to support each other be it neighbours, communities and local businesses. The Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade, like all Volunteer Fire Brigades, is there to support our community as well. We can't always make the water go away but we do our best to help where we can.
Even with all of the bad weather, January was relatively quiet for the Brigade with only fifteen calls for assistance. We were called to a fire on the beach and a grass fire. We assisted Ambulance on four occasions and Police with a search. Storm related, we were called twice to clear the road of trees blown down, once to a car stuck in flood waters, and once to a house with flood water. We responded to one motor vehicle accident and were called to investigate a truck off the road. Along with neighbouring brigades, we responded to a private fire alarm activation and a house fire.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed the the rain has stopped and we can enjoy some kind of a summer. Stay safe out there.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer