First responders called out 240 times in 2021
— Ian Blunt, Omokoroa Chief Fire Officer
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The festive season for Omokoroa volunteer firefighters and first responders was relatively quiet with three calls for firefighters and seven calls for first responders during the same period. Two calls for firefighters were late on Christmas Day, to a car which hit the Te Puna stream bridge, followed by a person who tripped and fell, suffering a head injury. First responders attended both calls. A rubbish fire was extinguished using a digger. We are now in a closed fire season, meaning a permit must be obtained for all fires. However as the countryside is drying out very quickly, please be very careful when lighting up, especially in windy conditions. Please keep up to date through the online site www.checkitsalright The 2021 year saw firefighters respond 83 times, down a little on the previous year’s total with 22 motor vehicle crashes, thankfully no major accidents with fatalities. A major house fire and a couple of minor property fires were also attended. Our first response team had a mammoth year, responding 240 times. A huge thank you to all personnel for their attendance at both training and incidents. Special thanks to the first responders who fronted for every call.