The fire station at 353 Te Moana Road will be open to the public on Saturday, 5 November from 10 am to 2 pm. Various events, displays and demonstrations will be held in this time and it seems that the aim is to provide things for the whole family to appreciate.
Being Guy Fawkes night, this is a particularly busy occasion for fire brigades, of course. It’s not a good night for pets either.
According to the website:-
“The Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in May 1952 and was originally based at Waikanae Beach and started with 34 Volunteer members.
“We moved to our current location in Te Moana Rd in 1976 just as the New Zealand Fire Service was formed into one country-wide national fire service. We are Station 38 in Region 3 of the New Zealand Fire Service and currently have 32 Volunteer Members
“We attend between 170 and 250 call-outs each year to all manner of emergencies ranging from dogs stuck down rabbit holes, motor accidents, car fires, people stuck in lifts [in Waikanae?] and structure and vegetation fires.
“Training is an important part of our duties, so we train every Tuesday night from 19:30 hrs.
“We have two Fire Appliances: a Type 1 Fire Appliance known as Waikanae 381 and a Rescue Tender known as Waikanae 387.”