Wednesday January 18, 2017
Members of the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade at a summer safety barbecue early in 2016.
One more call out than last year for fire brigade By Emma McAuliffe
The Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade had an average year in 2016 when it came to how many call outs they received. Fire brigade senior station officer Peter Thompson said the total amount of call outs was 295, the same amount as in 2014 and one higher than in 2015. Out of these call outs 36 were in relation to rubbish fires, 32 because of motor vehicle crashes and 37 due to natural disasters. This included the November 14 7.8 magnitude earthquake and the flooding the following day. Other call outs included medical reasons, vegetation fires and operational support to
Lower Hutt. Peter said despite having a similar amount of callouts the previous two years he had noticed a significant increase in the amount of rubbish fires. “There were a lot more rubbish fires [than in previous years]. People may have forgotten about the changed bylaws surrounding incinerator fires or may not know about them,” he said. The Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrated their 70th anniversary in 2014. For more information on the brigade head to the Wainuiomata Volunteer Fire Brigade Facebook page www.facebook. com/WainuiFire/
“2016 had a number of highlights here in Wainuiomata, one of my personal favourites was seeing hundreds of locals come out and participate in the ‘7 Day Queen Street Makeover’. It was also good to see a number of successful campaigns, like the one led by Trevor Mallard and Sisi TualaLe’afa stopping a new bottle store from being opened on The Strand. 2017 is going to be an exciting year. I truly believe Wainuiomata is on the cusp of taking things to the next level if we can get some positive outcomes with the Wainuiomata Mall, Masonic Retirement Village, Sportsville Wainuiomata and a few other projects. Working alongside Mayor Wallace, Councillor Briggs and the Community Board, I’ll be doing all I can to work on these and continue to advocate for Wainuiomata at the Council table.” Campbell Barry, Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata Ward.
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Wainuiomata News 19-01-17