Dave Herries, left, and Phil Muldoon from the Lake Okareka Rural Fire Force with the plans for the brand new fire station. Photo/Ben Fraser
Lake Okareka Rural Fire Force chief fire officer Phil Muldoon said it was exciting for the team that Fire and Emergency New Zealand had seen the brigade as worthwhile to invest money and time in. The original station at Lake Okareka was built 35 years ago by the Okareka community. Over that 35 years the brigade had never missed a call, Muldoon said. However, the building is now "inadequate" and the brigade has run out of room. "It has no running water, no training facilities, nothing really that you would find in a modern station, we've run out of room." The new station is a Fire and Emergency New Zealand prototype and will be the first of its kind in the country. "We'll have even more capability and can provide a better response for our community," Muldoon said.
An artists impression of the new station at Lake Okareka. Photo/Supplied
The current station at Lake Okareka. Photo/Ben Fraser
What: Lake Okareka Rural Fire Force Open Station Night
Where: Lake Okareka Fire Station, 23 Okareka Loop Rd
When: June 13, 6pm to 8pm