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Finally, it’s warm. The weather has settled over the past month and we are seeing some long warm spells. The recent Port Hills fire underlines the conditions we are starting to see in many parts of New Zealand. The work required during events like Port Hills is enormous, Initial response is hectic, containment is a battle and then mop-up is gruelling as crews dig out hidden embers removing chances of re-ignition. Locally we have developed a tropical vibe but it’s noted that our fire season has changed to restricted so please use if considering any fires.

Our Brigade extends a heartfelt thankyou to those that generously supported us recently. The delectable food pack from a grateful survivor of a Piha Road accident brought plenty of smiles to the crew. We also received some anonymous financial donations and would like to thank you for your amazing support.

For those interested in supporting our brigade, you can find more information and contribute using our Givealittle page.

Crossing the 13th February pulled many of us back 12 months. The weather was quite the contrast to last year’s storm as we remembered Muriwai firefighters Dave van Zwanenberg and Craig Stevens who tragically lost their lives in a landslide. Nationally Station flags were flown at half-mast and a memorial unveiled at the Muriwai fire station. A fitting acknowledgment of their character and contribution to the Muriwai community.

Fire Events in January/February

4th January – Fire in the area
29th January – Car rolled
6th February – 2nd Alarm House Fire (Bethells)
10th February – Black smoke in the vicinity
13th February – Assist with chainsaw

We are well underway with training of our new brigade members. This has really put a spring in the step of old and new hands as we get an opportunity to share our passion for the role we play. We would also like to thank their families for sharing them with us, we are proud to have you all on the team.

MetService app to deliver Extreme Fire Danger and Severe Weather Warnings

We strongly encourage you to download this FREE MetService app, available on Google Play and the iOS App Store. This app allows you to opt in for real-time notifications regarding Extreme Fire Danger and Severe Weather Warnings.


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