Onerahi Volunteer Fire Brigade

Community Organisation

Onerahi Volunteer Fire Brigade
1 Handforth Street
Onerahi
Whangarei 0110
497 days ago

Onerahi Volunteer Fire Brigade

Michael Chubb from Onerahi Volunteer Fire Brigade

In addition to our last post, I can now announce that Brian Redwood has now been appointed as our Deputy Chief Fire Officer.


Brian and I look forward to the opportunity to get out in the community and meet as many of you as we can.

533 days ago

Onerahi Fire District

Michael Chubb from Onerahi Volunteer Fire Brigade

Fire and Emergency New Zealand, just this month made Onerahi its own Fire District. Up until now Onerahi Volunteer Fire Brigade had been an auxiliary unit to the main brigade in Whangarei (as was Whangarei heads Brigade which also now has its own district).


Being made our own district reflects … View more
Fire and Emergency New Zealand, just this month made Onerahi its own Fire District. Up until now Onerahi Volunteer Fire Brigade had been an auxiliary unit to the main brigade in Whangarei (as was Whangarei heads Brigade which also now has its own district).


Being made our own district reflects the confidence FENZ has in our individual brigades to carry out the roles required of us.


We at Onerahi a very proud of this moment. For now the only noticeable change is the creation of a Chief Fire Officer and Deputy for Onerahi.


The Chief has already been appointed ([myself] Michael Chubb). Applications for Deputy are still be sought.


Onerahi members are all volunteers who put in a considerable amount of time and resource to their training and responses to Fire and Emergencies in our District and beyond.


This year in particular has been very busy for us with over 62 call outs so far this calendar year. That is well over half our annual average.


Please take care and see if we can reverse this growth in our work load.

836 days ago

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Michael Chubb from Onerahi Volunteer Fire Brigade

Today 1st July 2017 marks the first day of Fire and Emergency New Zealand. This new organisation replaces the New Zealand Fire Service and the many different rural fire authorities that we had for many years.

The new organisation is a merger of all the rural and urban brigades. It will take some… View more
Today 1st July 2017 marks the first day of Fire and Emergency New Zealand. This new organisation replaces the New Zealand Fire Service and the many different rural fire authorities that we had for many years.

The new organisation is a merger of all the rural and urban brigades. It will take some time to standardise all these brigades into one.

Really we at Onerahi Volunteer Fire Brigade don't expect to see a lot of change in what we do, but the new Act does recognise that we do more than just fight fires and are in fact an Emergency Service so addresses that gap in the old legislation.

Behind the scenes the path is laid for the organisation to improve even better in the services we provide and become a very efficient, responsive and world class Emergency Service.

1065 days ago

Civil Defence

Michael Chubb from Onerahi Volunteer Fire Brigade

This mornings tsunami alarms has highlighted there is some confusion about the alarms their location and how they sound, not to mention what to do about it.

Onerahi does have a community response plan. This has been compiled by a small but dedicated group of individuals.

Coincidently this … View more
This mornings tsunami alarms has highlighted there is some confusion about the alarms their location and how they sound, not to mention what to do about it.

Onerahi does have a community response plan. This has been compiled by a small but dedicated group of individuals.

Coincidently this group is getting together this Thursday (17th) to update the response plan and discuss ways to get more awareness of Civil Defence in general.

All residents are welcome to attend and take part.

This mornings incident highlights that many take little interest on the subject but at 1 in the morning with alarms sounding they suddenly wish they had.

Thursday's meeting will be held in the Fire Brigade Station 1 Handforth Street at 7 pm.

1066 days ago

Summer Fire Safety

Michael Chubb from Onerahi Volunteer Fire Brigade

Now we are moving into the summer months it is a good time to think about fire safety in the outdoors.

Already we have attended two grass fires, which highlights that regardless of the recent rain fall vegetation is getting drier and in the case of these fires very easily ignited. The wind also … View more
Now we are moving into the summer months it is a good time to think about fire safety in the outdoors.

Already we have attended two grass fires, which highlights that regardless of the recent rain fall vegetation is getting drier and in the case of these fires very easily ignited. The wind also helps with rapid spread.

No fire restrictions are yet in place but do keep an eye on public notices and the "having a fire" web site (havingafire.org.nz). Any restrictions or bans will be published. The web site shows a very accurate map of what restrictions apply in each area and further information about permits and BBQ's etc.

In the urban areas of Whangarei do be aware that a permanent restriction is in place on backyard burns. These are Regional Council restrictions to limit air pollution. Permits can be obtained from the Regional council.

As a rule of thumb; season or no fire season outdoor fires always pose some threat of spread so best to not have them if at all possible.

If you do; please ensue you take proper precautions to ensure it is done safely and under the right conditions.

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