Fortunately, we have had a quiet winter with no chimney fires or serious car accidents, but …be warned … one of my daughters is going for her Learner’s Licence soon!
Although we have had some respite from the frosty weather and icy roads, the high winds and heavy rain that we have had a lot of over the last month or so highlights the need to be vigilant when driving amongst the tall trees on the sides of the road. One area in particular is the large pines around the Black Shack on Tarawera Road. One of those trees came down at around 12.30am one night. The trunk spanned the entire road and was approximately windscreen height. Luckily, no one drove into it and, after a few hours, we successfully
cleared the road.
On the training side, most of the Fire Force members attended a 4x4 driving course recently, learning valuable skills not just for driving utes in difficult terrain but also our 4x4 fire appliance.
Spring is now here and with Daylight Saving nearly upon us, it’s a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and check they are in working order.
For anyone wanting to contact the Lake Okareka Rural Fire Force, please phone me on 3628874 or go to our website: www.okarekaruralfire.com.
Chief Fire Officer