The recently formed Oakura Bay Fire First Response team had their first “callout” on Sunday afternoon, 26th January 2020.
The fire team successfully extinguished a bush fire on the hill between the Hall and Waimarie Avenue. Neighbours heard a loud bang and saw smoke high above the area. It was from a large firework and the falling debris ignited the bush, which was of course tinder dry.
Fortunately a nearby householder saw smoke from the fire and used a garden hose and carried buckets of water to contain the situation. The Oakura Fire First Response team were notified and 111 fire calls were made.
The First Response team had the fire completely extinguished when the Hikurangi Fire Brigade arrived approximately one hour later. A serious fire was definitely averted as the dry conditions would have enabled a serious fire to develop right in the Oakura Bay heartland.
The Oakura Bay Fire First Response group deserve our hearty congratulations!
Deb Glasgow – as published in the March 2020 Whangaruru Pothole Newsletter.