Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Never enter a property where there is fire

Following the recent death of 55 year old male in a house fire in Pukekohe, Fire and Emergency New Zealand are urging people to never enter or re-enter a house where there may be a fire. In this tragic incident, the deceased entered the house and was then unable to find his way out. John Robinson, Chief Fire Officer, of […]

Brigades tend to house fire

On Wednesday 4 July 2018, the Tuakau Volunteer Fire Brigade and a career crew from Papakura received multiple calls to a house fire in Tuakau. After arriving at the house, there was a visible fire in the kitchen area, and a substantial amount of smoke. However, the crews involved had the fire under control promptly. Ben Wilson, Officer in Charge […]

Helicopters respond to Waiuku motor vehicle accident

On Wednesday 16 May, at 3.28pm, W1 crew responded to Waiuku for a six year old female suffering multiple injuries as a result of being involved in an motor vehicle accident (MVA). She was flown to Starship Hospital in a critical condition. At 3.32pm, crew of W2 co-responded to the Waiuku MVA. They landed in a paddock next to the […]

More than 1600 calls made to Fire and Emergency overnight

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has been flooded with 111 calls after strong winds and extreme weather lashed the country. Between 6pm last night and 9am this morning, the emergency service received a total of 1611 calls from throughout the country. 1257 of those calls, or 78 per cent, were callouts in Auckland alone. Most of the calls were due […]

Firefighters inundated with calls due to extreme weather in Auckland

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is receiving dozens of calls about trees toppling onto roads, power lines and homes in the Auckland region. Its Northern Communication Centre is being inundated with 111 calls due to the extremely strong winds hitting the region. They are dealing with more than 170 calls in Auckland and the wider Upper North Island area. Most […]

Onewhero Fire Siren retires

The siren at the Onewhero Fire Station has been silent recently, but not because there have been no call outs. The siren, an eighty year old piece of machinery, has finally given up. Graham Davies, from the Onewhero Fire Station, says the siren was apparently an old air raid siren from Ardmore Air Field and was given to the brigade around […]

‘Thrilling’ award for 52 years of service

Fifty-two, the number of years Waiuku’s Jim Snedden has been an active member of the Waiuku Fire Brigade. Jim was awarded a Queens Service Medal for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand, in the New Years Honours. It’s an award he said was extremely humbling. “I’m very thrilled. My family are also very proud.” At the age of 12, […]

Saving lives over the summer break

Once again, emergency services were kept busy over the holiday period with many call outs. The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter team were called to a number of missions in the Franklin area between Christmas and New Year. In 2017, the Auckland team, who operate 24/7, attended 1039 missions, heading off to their last mission at 11.58pm on Sunday 31 December […]


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