June /July 2006 – Issue No. 20
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine
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June / July 2006
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Picture: Lance Lawson
Civil Defence’s outgoing director talks frankly about what’s going right and wrong with
emergency planning in New Zealand.
May 4 was a defining date for Civil A recently-launched ad campaign put in place plans of action for
Defence (CD). presses home the point that emergencies, but on the big day they
communities – and that includes the need to be able to work independently
An earthquake near Tonga that
local emergency services – need to of CD to get help to those in need.
morning triggered the most sensitive
alert system in the world – the know what to do without centralised If that sounds like a fraught way of
international media – with the news assistance for the first three days. running emergency management,
that a tsunami could be heading right “It’s important to have an emergency John says it compares favourably
for New Zealand. kit, but it’s more important that they with how the response to Hurricane
have a plan that they have talked Katrina was organised.
For many people, the image of
Gisborne locals jamming the roads in about, so they will know what to do. “There, everything was run by a
a desperate bid to get to high ground “People have this impression that [in centralised system, but there was no
and away from the “tsunami” was a an emergency] CD will come striding contact with people [in New Orleans].
symbol of CD’s failings. over the hill with blue and yellow shirts They had a massive response – but
on. But the reality is … there will be a not until day six or seven.
For outgoing CD director John
Norton it was quite the opposite. physical presence of half-a-dozen “We’re trying to move away from the
people in each region. Most local auth- military approach of telling everyone
“The media were asking me about it orities only have three CD people.” what to do, because you don’t know
and I was saying, wasn’t it great that
The system John has set up relies on what’s actually needed.”
all these people got organised and got
themselves out.” information flowing up, from local It will take three years for the system
CD coordinators and community put in place to be fully effective, John
Because that is the over-riding
groups to regional and national CD says, but once it’s up and running it
philosophy the organisation has been
staff, in order that the appropriate will be structured enough to overcome
working on for the eight years John
support can flow down. the panic after a disaster, but nimble
has been in charge: in a disaster, you
For firefighters in remote areas this enough to respond to the unexpected.
are responsible for getting through
the first few days. means that they will be supported to In the meantime, get planning.
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine June/July 2006 3
As volunteer fire brigades increasingly struggle to cover day-time call-outs they are turning
to a source of ready and willing help – the local high school.
Picture: Lance Lawson
guns, left to (17),
Nathan iel Ormsby
rd (18) and
Emma Picka on (16).
How young is too young?
Firefighting is in Craig Nicholson’s who are around during the day. under-18s play in a fire brigade.
blood. The 16-year-old Wainuiomata
And Craig’s not the only youngster “I don’t think under-18s should be in
High School pupil didn’t do anything
Eric has taken on, three of the brigade the Fire Service. They don’t have the
extraordinary by joining the local
are under 18. maturity.”
volunteer fire brigade recently – his
brother and uncle had done the same Emma Pickard (18) started Eric says the three youngest
at about the same age. volunteering in the Fire Service when firefighters also kept off the truly
she was 17 and doing her Duke of grim work, such as car accidents and
He has the same philosophy as his
Edinburgh medal. he chooses crews carefully.
chief when it comes to his decision to
join: why not? For a year she was part of “We’ve got a very experienced
Wainuiomata’s Fire Police while a brigade so there’s normally guys
Wainuiomata CFO Eric Speck is
pupil at the local high school, before [working with the under-18s] who’ve
happy to have Craig on board as
joining up as a firefighter. been there many, many years.”
he is one of the few volunteers in
the valley – within an easy commute But despite staying on, she has a But the examples Emma cites as
of Wellington and the Hutt Valley – surprising position on the place testing her maturity show there is
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sometimes nowhere to hide in a realise that young people are different. not technically a workplace, a
volunteer brigade. They have different life experience volunteer fire station can be a tough
and outlook…we want to make sure place to get to grips with.
“Attending a heart attack where it’s a
they stay in the brigade rather than “We’re not talking about baby stuff
really old person – even in the fire
be traumatised out at an early age.” here, we’re talking about things that
police you’d get abused and get cars
coming towards you really fast.” The key risks to a young volunteer [adult] firefighters find traumatic.”
come from trauma at a motor vehicle Firefighting certainly seems to have had
Emma isn’t the only one with doubts
accident or fatal fire, particularly an effect on the Wainuiomata trio.
about putting young people in the
when in small rural communities the
firing line when it comes to volunteer Emma: “I think I’ve grown up a hell
chances of it involving someone they
firefighting. of a lot faster.”
know are high.
While a look at the number of 50- Craig: “I’ve matured a lot since I’ve
Rosy says medical research shows
year Gold Star recipients shows been here.”
that people under the age of 25 are at
plenty who started volunteering at
greater risk of physical and emotional The question is, for better or worse?
age 14 or 15, attitudes to people at
their most impressionable stage have damage in the workplace and, while The full guidelines are on page 27.
Recently, that attitude shift resulted
in a set of guidelines for working with
young volunteers, formalising their
mentoring and training already
In some stations, that has been
happening already because of the
management style of the local chief.
Levin CFO Linsday Walker is another
volunteer chief who has had to
increasingly rely on under-18 recruits
to keep numbers up.
When he took on 16-year-old Jessica
Hicks he initially put her on fire
police duty assess her ability to cope,
Picture: Mike Heydon
before moving her – at her behest – to
a full operational role.
And while Jessica (now 18) is “one of
the boys”, she still has a mentor in
“I buddied her up to make sure she
Most of Lindsay’s young recruits ride
in the number three seat, running
equipment, before being gradually
introduced to the hardest parts of
firefighting, like dealing with a fatal
National medical officer Rosy
Fenwicke says the guidelines are
about keeping young people in
brigades for longer, not making it
harder to get in in the first place. Jessica Hicks
“The main thing for working with
young people is that you’ve got to
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine June/July 2006 5
By Maria Cowin
r Fire Brigade,
Some of the current Dar Mitch King, Senior Station
Fire Officer , Station
On the streets of Dargaville, people will tell from left, Chief e, Station Officer Brian Clune hter
Officer Jim Vallanc er Joe Se ar le, Firefig
you the Murdoch boys are legends in the l Ross, Firefight
Officer Michae fighter Anthony Mager.
Jarr yd Booth, Fi
Kaipara, but they don’t think so.
Collectively Gary Murdoch and his serving member, having notched up Ford 4 x 4, which was still being used
three brothers have given more than 47 years of continuous service. when Gary Murdoch joined in 1956.
150 years of service to the Dargaville
Most of the brigade have been there Today’s vehicles and equipment are
Volunteer Fire Brigade, but only Gary
for yonks though – SSO Jim Vallance far superior, but nothing is a gift. In
is still on the job.
joined 37 years ago, CFO Mitch King fact much of Dargaville’s “kit” was
Inexplicably but affectionately known almost 27 years ago, and SO Brian bought with fundraising money.
as “Maggot”, Gary is now brigade Clune 25 years ago. In fact, they Fundraising is essential to the
secretary. He’s been in the ranks for were crewing the fire appliances of volunteer service, and the yields are
42 years - it would have been 50 but Station 62 (Dargaville) long before sure reminders of just how much this
for a break a few years ago – and he’s its youngest member – 17-year-old group of 22 men and one woman is
seen many changes in the volunteer Jarryd Booth – was even born. appreciated by its town.
service since first joining as an 18-
Gary doesn’t think much of the Around nine months ago a fund-
“legend” label, but even if he did the raising initiative raised the $26,000
Younger brother Ross holds the rest of his brigade buddies would needed to buy a thermal imaging
record in Dargaville for longest take care of that. camera, with locals and organisations
contributing a total of $30,000.
Egos don’t flourish here; in fact
they’re pretty much hit with the The thermal imaging camera is one
verbal equivalent of ‘Round- of only two owned by volunteer
Up’ at first sight. brigades in Northland. It’s already
proved invaluable in search and
Good-natured jibes, criticisms,
rescue, “seeing” what the naked eye
insinuations, and wisecracks
fly thick and fast – legends are
not revered here – but it’s all in Since it was purchased the camera
jest and the camaraderie that has been used on almost every
exists among the group is the callout.
glue that holds this brigade
Having to fundraise for equipment is
tough, but the positives far outweigh
The Dargaville Volunteer Fire any negatives. The volunteers all
Brigade was started in 1913. agree there is a genuine “buzz” being
One of its first appliances was on the frontline of helping their
The ear liest crew, known an ex-Air Force crash tender community.
the Dargaville Borough
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A sizzling start to Tauranga
Fire Safety Week Story and picture by Megan Dromgool
Tauranga’s hottest event is undoubtedly Fire Safety Week.
An event conducted in Tauranga Fire District for nearly a
decade, this year’s programme took a different format with
the main focus being on fire safety education in Tauranga’s
The main attractions were the economics, science and
Bay-Waikato Fire Region’s sparkling health and safety. Many
new kitchen fire unit, a modified have now booked the Fire
version of the secondary school Service in for further sessions
programme “Party at Our Place” over the coming year.
and the region’s popular Speed of
The week’s grand finale
included a “great escape” with
The momentum gathered in schools, the local radio station
as school teachers were quick to pick participating in a rescue from Tauranga Boys’ College
pupils catch the glare
up on the “curriculum links” in home the “burning” multi-storey from the sparkling new
kitchen fire unit.
building in which they are housed and
an open day held at Mount Maunganui
Fire Station on the Sunday.
What do you get when you mix a room full of women, power tools and a plaster-board ceiling?
It sounds like an un-PC joke, but the and Hayden Boag put together a that the expo ran for, all in all it was
Picture: SFF Nick Pine
answer is the Fire Service’s display at mock room with a removable ceiling a good weekend.”
the recent Women’s Expo in to let expo-goers have a crack at Nick was the brains behind the idea,
Palmerston North. installing smoke alarms. while Hayden provided the building
Local senior firefighters Nick Pine “There was a lot of interest from the expertise for what is a versatile display.
public,” Nick says, estimating they “All the walls and the ceiling are
assisted someone to put in an alarm bolted together, the ceiling sheet of
every 15 minutes on average over gib can be changed and its back to
the weekend-long event. work.
The idea was to build “It can be set up in minutes, the
confidence so those display can easily be sent off to another
attending the expo felt station for a promotion. The next
able to put in alarms in place it’s going will be to the new
their own homes. Bunning’s Warehouse in Palmerston
“They were keen to North. They are giving away smoke
use the tools and alarms and will also be showing
wreck our ceiling people how to install them, (with a bit
and not theirs. of help from the on duty crew).
There was a lot of “After that I will change the backdrop
good advice given and install home sprinklers in the
from brown watch ceiling for the Palmerston North
on the two days Home show.”
June/July 2006 7
The true cost of home
sprinklers National safety integration
manager Gary Talbot puts the cost of
sprinklers in perspective.
What is it the Winstone’s Wall Board
woman said on television?
“The cost of getting it is nothing
compared to the cost of not
Today this is true of most house fires,
even if the home is not in full post-
flashover stage when the first fire
engine arrives. We all know as
firefighters that even that small
kitchen fire, or the bedroom fire that
takes two minutes of water from a
‘gun’ to put out will have done
hundreds if not thousands of dollars
of damage to the rest of the house.
Let’s face it, for the homeowner who
Picture: Dean Treml
is insured the big ticket items in
the home are most likely going to
be replaced, but it will be the
little things, photographs, trinkets a singed carpet vs
It all boils down to
ce is it?
from fun holidays had, and the It’s not rocket scien
plastic figurines off your wedding
cake in the blackened china cabinet
including availability of water smashing glass and crumpling steel
that won’t ever be part of your
supplies, water pressure, distance and plastic around you. The bill for
from the road, and of course the size the three cars you just nose-to-tailed
The material cost of fire sprinkler of your new home or extensions. The doesn’t seem half as bad does it?
systems is easy to measure and design planning stage is when these You’ll be more worried about the
compare against the cost of other issues can be identified and resolved. ‘careless use of a motor vehicle’
material items that will go in your infringement the highway patrol
If you consider that someone who is
home. So what is the cost, you ask? officer just handed you! Remember
building could be spending on average
All the research in preparing for the $400,000 to $600,000 on his or her too that the plumbing bill will be
public launch of the home sprinkler new home, then the cost of the home offset, as the pipe work for your
campaign has revealed the cost is sprinkler system is only about one sprinkler system is the same system
between $3000 to $4000 for a 3 – 4 percent of the total cost, and that your bathrooms, laundry and kitchen
bedroom home, if installed to includes some of the conventional will use.
NZS4517:2002. Plumbers who are plumbing work you would have to Home sprinklers will save your family
currently installing these systems pay for anyway. At worst, you could home from extensive damage in a fire
suggest a realistic price is around compare it to the money you spend
and increase the chance of saving
$350 – $400 per fully recessed on car insurance. That $600 bill
your family’s life.
sprinkler head. There are a lot of (about two percent of the value of
factors that determine if it is cost- your car) hurts every year until you If that’s not money well spent, I don’t
effective to install home sprinklers, experience the screeching brakes, know what is!
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Pet hate to continue…
There will be at least one more
Guy Fawkes with retail sales to
the public, but those in favour
of a ban are taking heart from
some small progress.
SPCA Auckland chief executive Bob Kerridge
has been a passionate opponent of public
sales of fireworks for some time because of
the effect they have on animals.
In 2004 he persuaded then Environment
minister Marian Hobbs to review fireworks
legislation “when a majority of public opinion
That time came last year, when polls – including
Picture: courtesy of Bob Kerridge
the Fire Service’s own public behaviour survey
– found more people wanted the law changed
than wanted it to stay the same.
Despite no longer being in Cabinet, Ms Hobbs
was true to her word and is working on a
private member’s bill requiring all purchasers ponent
: long-time op
of fireworks to be licensed through the Bob Kerridge ks.
s of firewor
of public sale
Environmental Risk Management Authority.
This would mean that groups wanting to put on a Guy
Fawkes display, celebrate New Year, Diwali or even a
wedding where fireworks are part of the fun would apply
for a licence and organise their own import of fireworks.
Ms Hobbs is confident of getting support for the Private members’ bills need to be drawn from a ballot,
measure in Parliament, but that doesn’t mean the meaning there is a high element of luck in the process.
sparklers will be stamped out any time soon.
Then there are several readings of the bill in the house
and select committee consideration.
If there is an election during the life of a private
member’s bill, it is up to the incoming government
to continue putting the bill through the voting
All this means there is next to no chance of a new
law taking effect before November 5 this year.
Picture: Emanuel Druckmann
However, the former school principal says she
will not let the bill languish in the ballot
“If it hasn’t come out of the ballot by October, I
will look at taking it to caucus [to become a
Fire on Mo Government bill].”
caused by nt Victoria (2005)
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine June/July 2006 9
The onset of winter brought with it the annual house
fire season – with tragic consequences.
on a heate nd: a towel
r led to th
Fatal fires, injury fires and near misses A second house fire in the Waikato
were seen the length of New Zealand claimed the life of Tokoroa woman
over May. Susan Seymour on June 8.
In Morrinsville, 15-month-old Falcon Further south a Levin man was
Whaiapu died when the house he rescued from his burning home after
lived in with six of his family caught calling 111 on his cellphone with
fire in the early hours of May 19. thick smoke all around him, while a
A family member passing by raised family had a lucky escape after a
the alarm, while the surviving suspicious fire started on their porch.
members of the Whaiapu family were In Bluff an elderly man learned a
coughing for air outside the blazing lesson about looking while you’re
house. cooking when a kitchen fire left his
The fatality was the result of some house “absolutely, 100 percent stuffed”
tragic misjudgement – a piece of in the words of SSO Paul Taylor.
furniture set alight by a child playing In Auckland, the benefits of Firewise
with the woodburner was moved to in schools was obvious as young
the hallway, blocking the way to members of the house took the lead
Falcon’s room. in two separate fires.
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Panmure: Taua’s family out.
Panmure 15 year old Sophie Taua In Grey Lynn a few weeks later, 10
did everything right when a year old Anthony Kalolo raised the
freezer caught fire, leading eight alarm, waking his parents and baby
people, including her 80-year-old sister up as firefighters began tackling
grandmother, out of the house, the fire from the outside.
and closing the door on a rapidly
The house had no smoke alarms as it
was being painted.
On the downside, the perils of
covering heaters with washing
were all too clearly seen in a West
A towel caught fire, and the
householder’s attempt to move it saw
it drop onto the heater’s gas pipe,
burning through it and causing an
The explosion blew out a door and
windows, and the fire killed a dog,
but the three people in the house at
the time escaped alive.
Pictures: Jason Oxenham,
Auckland City Harbour News
Grey Lynn: no smok and courtesy of Mike Barrat.
e alarms meant Vao
Kalolo and family we
re lucky to escape.
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine June/July 2006 11
Incidents Pictures: New Zealand Herald
Need a lift?
Ah, Auckland; 1.3 million people, 500,000 cars,
48 volcanoes…one electricity sub-station.
That was the big problem on June 12 thought it was a fire.
when the lights went out over large
Then came the storm-
parts of Auckland, leaving traffic
related call-outs as
lights out, heating and refrigeration
rain and high-winds
down and lifts, well, up.
added to the chaos.
In fact, the only thing working was
the Fire Service, with Auckland crews Barry says the day was the first test Northern ComCen answered the
attending about 350 incidents in one for the new multiple incident bulk of its hundreds of 111 calls
hectic shift. procedures (MIPs) that were redrawn within the required eight seconds,
a few months ago, whereby one truck dispatching help as fast as it was
SSO Barry Fox says the main initial available.
is sent to each incident to spread the
source of calls was people stuck in
available resources are far as possible. The only hiccup, Barry says, was the
lifts, with some good intent calls
confusion caused by the fact that lift
where people saw the smoke from MIPs did not fail, with response times
keys are only kept in rescue tenders,
diesel generators firing up and acceptable throughout the busy day.
and a brief loss of radio contact with
the North Shore – fixed ingeniously
by using the hazmat/command unit
to channel hand-held radio back
into the wider network.
The result of this plunge in Papaiti Rd, Wanganui, was only
a few scratches for the young driver.
The 17-year-old woman was wearing her seatbelt when her
car left the road, and that was credited with her minor
miracle survival story.
Pictured is Nick Eddy from the Wanganui fire brigade
climbing the bank after inspecting the car.
Picture: Wanganui Chronicle
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All white on the night
Snow in early June came to South and Mid
Canterbury in volumes not seen in living memory.
At the same time as Auckland’s power was out because of a
Pictures: Phil de Joux, and Geraldine Fire Brigade.
single downed wire, dozens of lines came down around
towns like Geraldine and Timaru causing black outs that
lasted days in the most remote areas.
Blanketed brigades just had to rug-up and get on with it, as
these photos show.
However, while it was pretty, the snow was also deadly, with
a rural Ashburton man caught in a fire initially thought to
have started as he used open flames to heat his home.
Heavy snow slowed the response from the Fire Service,
reducing the man’s minimal chance of survival to zero.
Black spot strikes
An accident on the roads between Napier
and Hastings is fast becoming routine for
This prang in early June was minor, but there have been
numerous more serious crashes in recent months in the
Hawke’s Bay, including a fatal crash at Te Aute and a
Napier crash involving a number of teens in a souped-
up car. It was chillingly reminiscent of the multiple
fatality crash last year that highlighted the bad driving
culture in the Bay.
Pictures: Kerry Marsh
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine June/July 2006 13
World of Fire & Rescue
Story courtesy of Fire Ma
ghters to promote
It’s one thing for firefi
another to install
sprinklers, but quite Nihan Erdogan from Turkey’s
most need, but
them for those in the
s ar e do ing jus t urban search and rescue taskforce
M ers ey sid e fir efi gh ter
that. talks about the lessons learned
Money from the Neigh from a North African quake.
Fund in Liverpool is he
e install sprinklers
Fire and Rescue Servic
in the homes of vulnerab On May 21, 2003 an earthquake
measuring 6.7 on
be en fit ted wi th the Richter scale hit Algeria. It
Tw o ho us es ha ve caused more than
are set to benefit. 2000 deaths and injured 9500. The
sprinklers and 10 more Istanbul University
Natural Disasters Search and Rescue
ity Fi re Sa fet y Team (ISUDAK)
Li ve rp oo l Co mm un was dispatched to the most affected
says the group area Bourmerdes,
manager Tony Harland 50 kilometres east of the capital Alg
out who gets the iers.
thinks long and hard ab
It was a successful operation, but
sprinklers. we learnt many
teria of who can
“We have a strict cri
kler. If we can’t Although rescuers naturally want
receive the full sprin to start working as
from our normal soon as possible, it is very importa
reduce the risk of fire nt to coordinate
to go that step the response to an earthquake. Lac
measures and we need k of coordination
ide r fit tin g a may cau se dup lica tion of effo
fu rth er we wi ll co ns rts. In Alg eria ,
coordination meetings were org
sprinkler system.” anised by United
Nations On-Site Operations Coo
s th e sec on d rdination Centre
To ny Co ult er (5 3) wa (OSOCC) and there were benefits
ne and is blind for ISUDAK.
recipient. He lives alo
puts him in a A disaster environment is an extr
and a smoker, which aordinary situation
fire. for health and hygiene conditions
high-risk category for . Urban search and
rescue teams should be very careful
a lucky escape and take care of
He has already had themselves. In the Algeria earthqu
hat was a close ake, ISUDAK was
from a kitchen fire. “T based at the Bourmerdes Stadium
re was a fault , which was hardly
shave,” he says. “The affected by the earthquake.
woke up one
on my cooker and I
night to my smoke ala
s, Mr Coulter
As well as the sprinkler
na l sm ok e
ha s re ce ive d ad di tio
alarms and fire-retarda
sleep safe at
“I’m delighted. I can
night now. It gives me
confidence and peace of
The other home sprin
of a woman
installed in the home
with epilepsy who also
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cameras’ lights turned to their face
s. At the Algeria
earthquake, ISUDAK was approache
d for interviews
and the team’s media representa
tive had a very
suc cess ful inte rvie w pro cess –
alth oug h som e
journalists tried hard to get som
Lastly, with all the different team
s working in the
earthquake area, we found it nec
essary to have
som e inte rna tion al stan dar ds
and a com mo n
lan gua ge, suc h as inte rna tion
al mar kin g and
signalling systems. Since the Alg
ISU DA K has bec om e a mem ber
of the Uni ted
Nations International Search and
Group to encourage other USAR
teams to apply
Remarkably, the toilets were wor
use for five days by various USAR
king, but heavy
teams soon put
The ultimate volunteer
them out of action and mobile toil
ets were set up.
This taught us the importance of hyg
iene tools at
disasters. From this experience our
that no matter what happens, sett
ing up a toilet
and shower facility at the base arson to vent their displeasure.
of operations Thi s is one of Eas t Tim or’s
should be one of the first duties
of the camp volunteer firefighters tackling an The sma ll cor e of ligh tly-
arson in the strife-torn country. equipped firefighters struggle
An increase in the number of USAR
teams around After a group of ex-police and with conditions at the best of
the world is a positive developmen
t but also a army members ran amok in the times, with unreliable water
challenge for information manage
ment. So it is capital Dilli, New Zealand and sources and little in the way of
very important to inform the coordin
ation bodies Australian armed forces were fire prevention equipment in
– in this case OSOCC – as soon as Dilli homes.
they decide to sent in to keep the peace.
disp atc h. ISU DA K ma de the
declaration via faxes at the Algeria
info rma tion
Local police and army personnel Now though, local firefighters
but we learnt from the drawbacks
withdrew to calm tensions. are caught in the middle of
to this that you armed conflict, putting out fires
should use “Virtual OSOCC” – an
internet based However, with most of the rebels und er arm y gua rd and
coordination tool developed by Uni
ted Nations dis arm ed and no pol ice on som etim es bei ng thr eat ene d
– before even getting on the plane. patrol, disaffected locals took to
while doing their unpaid work.
Another important point at an ma che te atta cks , loo ting and
operation is safety and security. Peo
ple who have
lost their family, friends, home or
not be receptive to the rescue
teams. At the
Algeria earthquake, while making
at a debris area, the local commun
ity around the
area was very angry, saying there wer
e still victims
under the debris and that no interna
helped recover them. Security in
the area was
very weak and it was very difficult
to control the
anger of the people. We learnt that
it is important
to find out security and the general
going into an area.
Picture: Getty Images
In the first 72 hours after a disaster an
urban search and rescue team can
often find the
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine June/July 2006 15
Firewood and poker:
how to raise $17K
Picture: Dean Treml
Completing the Sky Tower Vertical Challenge is a feat in itself,
but when first time starters from Paihia Volunteer Fire Brigade
collected $17,286. 61 for charity, it exemplified the community
spirit of the small Bay of Islands community.
By Maria Cowin
This was the first time Paihia had
entered a team in the history of the
six-year event, and the initiation was
a grand success. Not only did Paihia’s
contribution to the Leukaemia &
Blood Foundation of New Zealand
represent two thirds of the total
$26,000 raised – eclipsing last year’s
grand total of $16,000 – but they
also walked away with the silver
medal in the team event. had about $3,800 in the bank, but
Firefighter Hughie Blues, one of the we got more than $12,000 from that
five entrants from Paihia, says the one night. It was a miserable, wet
community rallied behind the brigade night, but more than 170 people
from the very start. came out for it.”
When Hughie, DCFO Rex Wilson, So with a cheque for $17,000 in their
FF Peter McCorkindale and FF pocket, 10 members of the 26-strong
Wayne Flood first decided to enter Paihia brigade headed to Auckland
the event in August 2005, they were for the challenge; five on the support
– according to Hughie – not in the team, the four members who had
finest physical form of their lives. been in training for the better part of
nine months, and a fifth challenger –
“We started by running just two
FF Brent Webb.
kilometres – with no equipment,”
he says. At the beginning of June, the Paihia
Fire Brigade held a spit roast barbeque
But they persevered, diligent with a
to thank the community, particularly
training regime that culminated in
the sponsors, who helped them raise
the Cape Brett Challenge – a daunting
35kms of off road running.
“We just wanted to say thanks to
By race day – May 6, 2006 – the guys
everyone who helped us. We couldn’t
were ready to take on the Sky Tower.
have done this without them.”
In the meantime, Paihia residents had
Paihia Volunteer Fire Brigade would
been out in support of the brigade’s
like to thank the following for
fundraisers, including a garage sale
their support: GreenPiece Fruit &
and macrocarpa firewood sale.
Vegetables, Rotary Club B.O.I,
However Hughie says the brigade
Copthorne Hotel & Resort B.O.I,
really hit the jackpot with a casino
Kauri Cliffs, Pure Tastes Ltd, Bay of
night, which they ran in conjunction
Islands Swordfish Club and the
with the local Rotary Club.
families of the team for all of the
“That was in March. Until then we time not at home.
16 Issue No. 20
Here comes the son
When Apiti 6-year-old Caleb Jensen’s
house filled with smoke, he didn’t panic,
he just went to get Dad.
Dad is Malcolm, who just happens to be the Apiti
Malcolm and colleagues turned out to the property in
northern Manawatu to find Caleb had evacuated his
babysitter, sister and dog to the safety of a near-by
shed before raising the alarm.
The house was alright – the smoke was from the coal
range playing up – but it was a lesson in the value of
teaching kids about fire safety.
For his efforts, acting Western Fire Region commander
Mitchell Brown and VSO Tiger McCleary presented
Caleb with his very own level 2s.
Picture: Manawatu Standard/Murray Wilson
Nothing beats the feeling of getting a new truck, so
there are understandably a few smiles on the dials in
Napier as they train with their new 17-metre Bronto.
The Type 4 Scania is one of 15 such trucks being delivered to stations
literally from Whangarei to Invercargill.
The Bronto is not the only new arrival for the
Hawke’s Bay brigade, although the other
has a sense of deja vu about it; CFO
Paul Baxter returns to the helm at
the conclusion of his secondment
at National Headquarters in the
Media, Promotions and
y Mar shall
Thanks for all the hard work, Paul.
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine June/July 2006 17
Trust me, I’m a firefighter…
For the fourth year running, it’s firefighters who come out on top of the annual Reader’s
Digest New Zealand’s Most Trusted poll.
Firefighters pipped ambulance officers
and pilots to the top spot in the poll
of thirty occupations. Last year’s
silver and gold medallists, nurses and
doctors, slipped two places each.
The survey threw up some surprises,
with people putting more faith in
their bus driver or hairdresser than
their religious minister, but when it
comes to who to call on when the
chips are down, it helps once again to
have a red truck handy.
The most trusted individual was Sir
Edmund Hillary, making this
combination of Sir Ed, Lady Hillary
and Manukau CFO Larry Cocker
possibly the most trusted ever to sit
on the back of a truck.
Picture: Brendon O’
New Zealand’s Most Trusted Occupations:
1. Firefighters 16. Builders
2. Ambulance Officers 17. Accountants
3. Pilots 18. Religious ministers
4. Nurses 19. Lawyers
5. Doctors 20. Domestic cleaners
6. Pharmacists 21. Financial planners
7. Teachers 22. On-the-street donation collectors
8. Dentists 23. CEOs
9. Police Officers 24. Taxi drivers
10. Judges 25. Journalists
11. Childcare providers 26. Real estate agents
12. Bus/train drivers 27. Psychics
13. Hairdressers 28. Telemarketers
14. Chiropractors 29. Car salesmen
15. Personal trainers 30. Politicians
18 Issue No. 20
The recruit’s recruit
Geoff Purcell has been national recruitment manager for just over six months,
he tells Fire & Rescue the truth about training new blood.
Former Tauranga SSO – now national recruitment Potential recruits face a cognitive test, followed by a
manager – Geoff Purcell is on a mission of two halves: to physical pre-entry test (PPT), which Geoff describes as
keep the number of operational staff up to the required “similar to the PCA – but harder”.
levels in a time of relatively low unemployment, and to
The PPT is followed, a few weeks later, by PAC day – a
increase the diversity of a service that is no longer as white
further four-and-a-half hours of testing in 20-minute stints.
and homogenous as blue-top milk.
At each stage potential recruits drop off, leaving the best
“We went from 720 applicants to 320 after the PPT last
“People also think we make the test easier for women, but
that’s not the case.
“It’s true that women sometimes struggle to pass the PPT,
Pictures: Lance Lawson and Dean Treml
but it goes in swings and round-abouts.
“The course before last, no women
passed. But last time 10 female
applicants got through to the
final stage of testing, with nine
going on to interviews.”
Where the recruitment strategy
focuses on minorities is in its
For instance, a Maori and Pacific
festival in Porirua soon will
feature a stand from the Fire
Service trying to attract
more brown faces for a
city that is predominantly
Look on the public
website under recruit-
ment and you will find a
video designed to show
It’s a fine line to walk; targeting women and recruits from women what is involved
different ethnicities can be seen as favouritism, but Geoff in passing the PPT.
is quick to dispel that idea. Neither initiative will
“There’s a lot of misinformation about recruitment. give applicants the
motivation or fitness
“People think there’s a quota system. They also don’t
to get ready for testing,
understand who to contact and how to go about directing
but those are the sorts
an inquiry about joining.”
of qualities potential
First things first, says Geoff Purcell, the recruitment firefighters should have
testing programme is not soft on anyone, and only the anyway, Geoff says.
best get through. Munro ent
Angela s a recr uitm
pre sent b site.
To get a paid firefighter application go to www.fire.org.nz or call 0800 FIRE RECRUIT
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine June/July 2006 19
Fun & Games
Wheel meet again
There were some neat wheels on display at a Rangitikei
open day recently. All the emergency services had a
display, demonstrating safety tips and techniques, but
the kids (including the older ones) were distracted by
There are many good points some of the other sights.
about being a firefighter…
Too cool for school
…the pride in service, the adrenaline of a call-out, the
life-long friends, but the best perk has to be getting to
drive everywhere in a fire truck.
Which is why Wairakei School’s idea for an “arrive at
school in style day” – the idea being to find a method of
conveyance to be the envy of your school mates – is so
suited to a firefighter.
On the day in question
there were motorbikes,
freight trucks and all
manner of transport
options, but the kids all
went flocking to Kevin
Congdon and his big red
truck from Taupo…until
this little girl turned up in
20 Issue No. 20
Fun & Games
Under the mountain
The third annual Toughest Firefighter Around (the Mountain)
competition brought out the best in South Taranaki firefighters.
The competition was held on sledgehammer; run 100 metres;
Mothers’ Day, May 14, which negotiate an obstacle course
attracted some comment from comprising a pipe, fence and dummy-
spouses denied breakfast in bed by drag; carry an extinguisher, and run
a record number of entries in the 30 metres of hose over the shoulder
event. from a truck – all done against the
The competition is performed while
dressed from the waist up in full level
2s with BA set (minus the mask, so as
not to disguise the looks of anguish).
Pictures: Dave Rielly and Taranaki Daily News
The Taranaki weather had its say
during the day and the final few
competitors had to add slippery
ground and torrential rain to the list
of obstacles, but all performed with
great spirit. t, Oakura
cer Craig Scot
Chief Fire Offi
Andrew Meuli (Okaiawa) won the
overall title, having been bridesmaid
at the previous two TFA(TM) events.
He notched up a time of 4 minutes
Nicola Evan Two-time defending champ Dennis
Gibbon (Eltham) had to settle for
second, with 5 minutes 3 seconds
Twenty-eight firefighters and one
ambulance officer (New Plymouth’s
Rob Berry) took part at Corbett Park, Nicola Evans (Stratford) was the
Oakura. fastest woman, just three seconds
ahead of Jo Scott (Oakura).
The competition was its usual
gruelling self, with competitors in For the first time, three crews had
five divisions required to undertake three or more competitors (Oakura,
the following: run two deliveries Eltham and Manaia), allowing a team
of 70mm flaked hose (branches challenge to be thrown into the mix.
attached); carry a 25kg weight; Hosts Oakura – able to draw on
climb a ladder and raise a 12 entrants – won hands down.
drum of foam to a six metre While it might not be on Mothers’
platform; hit a block of Day, it will be on again next
wood 50 times with a year, so get training!
Rowan Oldfield, Oakura
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine June/July 2006 21
Fun & Games
Here to play
An Auckland firefighter proves winners make their own luck.
New Zealand’s 2006 Women’s Rugby
Rochelle Martin knows how to win. Fire Service to take credit for World Cup dates:
The captain of Auckland’s women’s Rochelle’s 2005 achievements, but
national provincial championship the player disagreed. Vs. Canada, August 31
rugby team has never presided over
“The Fire Service can take credit Vs. Samoa, September 4
because of all the support I’ve had to
In fact, the last time her team lost a achieve my goals in rugby.” Vs. Scotland, September 8
match under anyone’s watch was
Support ranged from time off to play Semi final, September 12
more than 10 years ago when
overseas (the World Cup will take
Rochelle was playing for Wellington. Final, September 17
Rochelle out of Otahuhu green watch
Pictures: Lance Lawson and the New Zealand Herald
Her other team isn’t doing too bad for six weeks) to help training and
either. The Black Ferns will defend just the odd pat on the back.
the rugby world cup in Edmonton,
If Rochelle is given the chance to
Canada, in August and September
repeat the privilege of captaining
this year, hoping for a hat-trick of
New Zealand this year, it will
mean both men’s and women’s teams
But 2005 was special, with the flanker are led by the player wearing
captaining New Zealand to a 33-8 number 7.
whipping of England in a test at Eden
Whether or not that happens,
Park in the absence of regular leader
Rochelle – who has been
Farah Palmer and then claiming the
talking about retiring from
New Zealand and Auckland Woman
rugby since 2002, but
Player of the Year titles.
keeps turning out –
And recently, the 33-year-old added clearly has the attitude
another win to her already impressive to succeed.
CV – taking out the Fire Service
Here’s what she said
Sportsperson of the Year Award for
after Auckland beat
the second time.
Canterbury in the
She and powerlifter Derek Pomana national provincial
are the only two-time winners of the final last year:
“We’re not pros but
At the presentation of the award in we’re here to play. We’re
Wellington, Dame Margaret Bazley high achievers in our
hinted that it was a bit cheeky of the area. We strive for that.”
SPORTS Ohakune Ski Racing New Zealand Trout
Sth Island Basketball
August 3 & 4, 2006 Turangi • August 21 – 24, 2006 Waimate
Event Calendar Email: Email: August 26 – 28, 2006
Ohakune@fire.org.nz email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry forms and contacts for some events are available online at Firenet or fire.org.nz
22 Issue No. 20
Fun & Games
The Fire Service National Volleyball Tournament
was held at the Wellington College Sports Hall,
Wellington on April 20 & 21.
By CFO Jon Graham
Eighteen teams from as far afield as Whangarei competed
in the event that has become an annual fixture for many
participants. This year’s event was hosted by the
Wellington District, assisted by Wellington College,
Capital City Volleyball and many local businesses,
bars and manufacturers.
Teams from Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, New
Plymouth, the Hutt Valley, National Headquarters
and Wellington competed. ‘A’ grade was won by
Whangarei ‘A’, the ‘B’ (or open) grade by “Bring
Back the Funk” from Wellington, while “Hair of the
Old Dogs” from Lower Hutt scooped the treasured
social grade trophy.
A smaller venue than usual boosted the festive
atmosphere. Teams and many onlookers crowded in
to partake in yelling, shouting and musical interludes.
SFF Vern Greenham entertained the crowds with his
trumpet while SFF Spencer Greenham provided
percussion support. The only injury was to SFF Clark
Tasker from Wellington who is consigned to a leg brace
and six months off work due to ruptured knee tendons.
Get well soon, Clark !!
All participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the
three Auckland firefighters (and two Auckland regional
staff) who attended will try to inspire some interest from
personnel in New Zealand’s biggest city in hosting the
event in 2007. The challenge is for Auckland firefighters
to support a superb, fun and morale raising Fire Service
National Rugby Tournament National Ski Championships Indoor Rowing
Dunedin • September 15 & 16, 2006 Treble Cone, Wanaka Competition
(15-a-side, 10-a-side and Golden Oldies) September 18 – 21, 2006 Dunedin
Contact: Peter Leckie, 03 489 7999 or September 30, 2006
021 137 6616 Email: Peter.Leckie@fire.org.nz Email: email@example.com
or visit www.nzfireski.co.nz
To list your sporting event on this space please send details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine June/July 2006 23
19/01/1932 – 27/04/2006
Paul Hunter joined the Point Howard Brigade in 1974 and retired
from service 18 years later holding the rank of Station Officer. For
much of this time Paul was also a member of the Petone Fire Brigade
turning out during the working week for them. Both of Paul’s sons
Dave and Rob followed him into the Fire Service and also served for
many years at the Point Howard and Petone stations.
Paul will always be remembered for his resourcefulness at a time
when volunteer brigades were under-equipped and under-funded.
He organised the building of numerous bits of gear for the old Point
Howard appliance and also acquired resuscitation equipment at a
time when many appliances did not carry it.
Paul succumbed to a terminal illness aged 74.
Eni Toafa Don Cowper
03/02/1957 – 02/06/2006 Died 05/06/2006
Eni has been a valued staff member of the Fire Service for 18 years A well-travelled North Island fire-
starting with us in July 1988. As a member of the Human Resources fighter, Don served in the Helensville,
team Eni coordinated the Matamata, Kaponga and Katikati
medical and security volunteer fire brigades. He made
screening process for all Deputy Chief at Kaponga and
permanent and volunteer Katikati.
recruits. He also found time to be the secretary
Eni will be greatly missed of the Auckland Provincial Gold Star
by all her colleagues here Association for a number of years and
at the Fire Service. was Past President of the same
Eni’s funeral was held at
the North City Apostolic Don’s funeral was at the Seddon Park
Church in Porirua. Funeral Home in Hamilton on June 9.
01/01/1931 – 04/04/2006
Jim joined the Eastbourne Fire Brigade in Lower Hutt in
1955, eventually becoming a third officer.
A keen sportsman and artist, Jim was heavily involved in
firefighters’ competitions in an era when these were fiercely
He was given full brigade honours at his funeral on April 11.
24 Issue No. 20
By order of the Fire Service Commission
Notices pages 26–27
Appointments pages 28–29
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Fire Service Gazette June/July 2006 25
Notice N0: 82 William Hanna Estate Gift
Local fire safety education/promotions work
Invitation to submit projects for funding
Mr William Hanna, a retired civil servant, left a gift in his will to the New Zealand Fire Service to use “for its
charitable purposes”. The gift is an annual payment from a trust administered by the Public Trust Office.
The Chief Executive has decided to use the gift to fund local fire safety education projects.
The amount available this year is $1300.
All brigades (paid, volunteer, and composite) are invited to apply to use the amount received for a local fire
safety education project. The Director Media, Promotions and Communications will consider applications and
decide on which projects to fund.
In order to be considered for funding, projects must:
• Meet the charitable purpose of being educational
• Contribute to the national fire safety promotion objectives
• Give a defined benefit to the community served by the brigade
• Be timed to be completed by 30 June 2007
• Have a detailed budget showing how the funds will be spent
Applications can be made for part or all of the funds available.
Applications must be made in writing detailing how the project will meet the above requirements and sent to the
William Hanna Fire Safety Promotion
New Zealand Fire Service Headquarters
P O Box 2133
Attention: Amber Ryan
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 18 August 2006. Any queries regarding the application
process should be directed to Debbie Barber, ph: (04) 470-3310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice No: 83 Waitara Volunteer Fire Brigade Centennial
Waitara Volunteer Fire Brigade centenary celebrations are planned for Labour Weekend 2010.
Register your interest in attending by post to: Centenary Convenor, Waitara Fire Brigade, Grey Street Waitara
or Email to email@example.com
Notice No: 84 Featherston Volunteer Fire Brigade Centennial
November 10 – 12, 2006
A celebration is to be held for all past and present members of the Featherston Volunteer Fire Brigade who
have served for five years or more.
For further information, contact: Centennial Secretary Toots Boswell, PO Box 110, Featherston
Ph: (06) 308 6155
Notice No: 85 Guidelines for recruiting and training volunteer firefighters under age 18
The following guidelines have been drawn up by a group comprising members of the UFBA, volunteer CFOs,
volunteer firefighters and representatives from the Fire Service.
The guidelines aim to provide a safe introduction to the Fire Service for these young people while encouraging
their ongoing involvement. Additionally a parental consent form has been written to cover our legal obligations
when recruiting under 18 year olds.
1. Where possible it is recommended training to operational status for under 18 firefighters could be
individually tailored to the young person based on the assessment of their maturity and mental and
emotional readiness, by nominated and senior members of the brigade. It is generally thought to be
better that young people spend as much time as possible being supervised in non-operational roles
before progressing through basic training.
2. Young firefighters under age 18 should not be actively involved with MVAs until they have passed the
appropriate course. Attendance at this course should be delayed until they are deemed by senior brigade
staff to be emotionally and mentally capable of dealing with stressful incidents.
3. It would be preferable for brigades to assign a senior staff member to act as a buddy, supervisor or
mentor to each young firefighter to assist them in the early years of training and work with the brigade.
This mentor would also liaise with the young person’s parents or caregivers. Mentors will themselves
need some form of supervision (which could be informal) by the CFO of the brigade.
It is expected unless there are good reasons to the contrary that the accompanying consent form needs to be
understood and signed by all parents or caregivers to all applicants to the volunteer fire service under age 18.
Notice No: 86 K99 on DVD
K99, the quarterly Fire Service video, is available as a DVD. If you would prefer to receive your copy as a DVD,
contact your region admin manager and ask them to change your order.
K99 will continue to be available as a video for stations that do not have a DVD player. You can have one or
Notice No: 87 POLHR 6.3 Personnel Facing Legal Action Policy
A policy covering processes for Personnel Facing Legal Action has been approved by the NZFS Commission
following the standard consultation process.
The new policy is available to all personnel on FireNet.
Notice No: 88 POLHR 6.7 Visual Display Unit (VDU) – Eyesight Testing/Reimbursement Policy
An new Visual Display Unit (VDU) – Eyesight Testing/Reimbursement Policy has been approved by the NZFS
Commission following the standard consultation process.
It supercedes ‘P’ circular P94/14.
The new policy is available to all personnel on FireNet.
Fire Service Gazette June/July 2006 27
Vacancy Position Filled Person Proposed Previous Position Held
Appointed Start Date
. CBRE Development Team Project Denis 5 June 06 Chief Fire Officer North
Member, NHQ O’Donoghue Shore District
. Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Peter Ford . Station Officer, Kaponga
Kaponga Fire Brigade Volunteer Fire Brigade
. Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Greg Rendall . Station Officer, Thames
Thames Volunteer Fire Volunteer Fire Brigade
. Senior Station Officer, Shane Rutherford . Station Officer
Beachlands Volunteer Fire Brigade
. Station Officer, John Bowen . Senior Firefighter, Bulls
Bulls Volunteer Fire Brigade Volunteer Fire Brigade
10/2006 Communicator Part-time, Stephanie Boyd 20 Feb .
- 3031B Northern Communications Centre
14/2006 Fire Safety Officer, Kevin Holmes 8 May Deputy Chief Fire Officer,
- 8006 Bay/Waikato Fire Region Raglan Volunteer Fire Brigade
17/2006 Station Officer, Ken Lousley 22 May Senior Firefighter, Auckland
Auckland City Central Fire District, City Central Fire District
Auckland Fire Region
17/2006 Station Officer, Lyall Kennedy 18 May Senior Firefighter, Waitakere
Auckland City Central Fire District, City Fire District
Auckland Fire Region
176/2005 Communicator, Sarah Bowles 23 Feb .
- 3142 Northern Communications Centre
18/2006 Station Officer, Chris Todd 20 Feb Senior Firefighter, Auckland
Auckland City Central Fire District, City Central Fire District
Auckland Fire Region
18/2006 Station Officer, Brad Mosby 20 May Senior Firefighter, Auckland
Auckland City Central Fire District, City Central Fire District
Auckland Fire Region
19/2006 Station Officer, Graham Grace 26 May Station Officer, Auckland
Manukau Fire District, City East Fire District
Auckland Fire Region
20/2006 Station Officer, Dave McKeown 30 May Senior Firefighter, Manukau
Manukau Fire District, Fire District
Auckland Fire Region
21/2006 Station Officer, Mark Griffin 28 May Senior Firefighter, Manukau
Auckland City Central Fire District, Fire District
Auckland Fire Region
Vacancy Position Filled Person Proposed Previous Position Held
Appointed Start Date
21/2006 Station Officer, Ross Leadley 30 May Senior Firefighter,
Auckland City Central Fire District, Auckland City East Fire
Auckland Fire Region District
22/2006 Station Officer, Doug Lyell 18 May Senior Firefighter,
North Shore Fire District, Silverdale Fire District
Auckland Fire Region
23/2006 Fire Safety Officer, Terry Glass 26 May Senior Firefighter,
Education & Youth Awareness, Manukau Fire Brigade
Southern Fire Region
41/2006 Senior Information Officer, Kate Morrison- 19 Jun .
- 3059 NHQ Smith
49/2006 Firefighter, Kate Payne 17 Jun Senior Firefighter,
Dunedin City Fire Brigade, Napier Fire Brigade
Southern Fire Region
51/2006 Senior Communications Adviser, Susan Grant- 22 May Senior Communications
- 2021 NHQ Mackie Adviser, NZFS (Temporary
. Chief Fire Officer, Donald Paul 10 Jun Deputy Chief Fire Officer,
Southbridge Fire District McMillan Southbridge Fire District
. Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Peter Daymond 29 May Senior Station Officer,
Eastern Fire Region Pahiatua Volunteer Fire
. Senior Station Officer, Jeff O’Sullivan Station Officer,
Kawakawa Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade Kawakawa Bay Volunteer
21/2006 Station Officer, Martin Campbell 22 May Station Officer,
North Shore Fire District, Auckland City East Fire
Auckland Fire Region District
33/2006 Training Development Adviser Angela de Villiers 22 May .
(Auckland), PDU NHQ
36/2006 Senior Station Officer, Dennis O’Leary To be Senior Station Officer
Hastings Fire Brigade, confirmed (Acting), Hastings Fire
Eastern Fire Region Brigade
. Station Officer, Shaun Wooller . Senior Firefighter,
Waitara Volunteer Fire Brigade Waitara Volunteer Fire
Fire Service Gazette June/July 2006 29
Picture: Iain McGregor, Waikato Times
Published June 2006
By the New Zealand Fire Service
Media, Promotions & Communications
The New Zealand Fire Service Magazine National Headquarters, Wellington
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