Awhitu first in line for new fire appliance

A comment by Auckland Councillor Bill Cashmore at a meeting in Waiuku on Friday afternoon has led to the news that Awhitu is in line for a new fire appliance, one of the first in Auckland for the upgrade.
Bill Cashmore commented at the regular monthly update meeting in the Waiuku Community Centre that he had been told about a new engine for Waiuku, but it turns out the plans, in a three-year capital expenditure budget, relate to a progressive replacement of appliances at rural fire forces within the Auckland supercity.
Auckland’s Principal Rural Fire Officer, Bryan Cartelle, told the Post this afternoon that the plans currently are based across three years, but are also dependent on grants assistance from a national level. However, priority stations are Awhitu and Shelly Beach, as both are on peninsulas and can only get support from one direction.
The plan for Awhitu at this stage is for a brand new appliance to replace one of its current units. All going well, he anticipates the new appliance will be at Awhitu within 18 months.
Bryan says the objective is to upgrade across Auckland area in a staged process, reducing the overall age of the fleet and build more capability into the force. He adds that he is currently working with the Awhitu Rural Fire Force on other options for the volunteer firefighters.
The Auckland Rural Fire Authority operates thirteen rural fire stations staffed by volunteer crews, both male and female, recruited from the local community, including Orere Point, Hunua, and Awhitu.

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