The Ashhurst Volunteer Fire Brigade is manned by a group of dedicated firefighters from a diverse range of backgrounds. Currently, the brigade has 17 members.

The Brigade is the first response service, with the Police, to emergencies in Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley. As well as fires, we turn out to road accidents, medical emergencies, line rescues, hazardous substance incidents, environmental disasters, farm accidents, and public assistance. We provide an invaluable service to the people of Ashhurst and the Valley.
We also provide back-up for Palmerston North and the surrounding districts when a large incident occurs.

The brigade also works actively in the community to promote fire safety and awareness by engaging with local community groups and the local school.

Established in 1955, the brigade enjoys good support from the community it serves.


Calls

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Aircraft

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cover Move

3

5

2

0

0

0

4

1

Trial Evacuations

0

2

1

0

0

1

1

0

Fire

35

35

41

33

37

29

38

13

Hazmat

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

Medical

35

44

52

40

44

72

69

21

Motor Vehicle Accident

24

25

24

27

13

30

32

3

Public Events

5

5

7

13

5

5

4

1

Rescue

2

2

1

2

2

2

2

1

Miscellaneous Calls

7

8

12

3

3

19

9

1

Total

113

127

141

118

104

159

159

41

 

 

 

Sky Tower Challenge

Two of Ashhurst's Firefighters are training for the 2016 Sky Tower Challenge raising funds for Leukemia and Blood Cancer research.

Station Officer Josh Casey and Senior Firefighter Jared Kenyon are tackling this awesome challenge.

Recently they both competed at Wanganui in the North Island Firefighter Combat Challenge. This is an intense challenge covering a series of tasks over a period of 2 to 4 minutes which includes running up six flights of stairs with a hose over your shoulder, hauling 35kgs of weight from the ground to the top of the six flights of stairs by rope, running back down the stairs, swinging a sledge hammer, 50 metre sprint, drag a fully charged hose 50 metres and then drag a 90 kg dummy to the finish line. Both finished with very respectable times. It is an extremely demanding test and shows they are in a good state to tackle the even harder Sky Tower Challenge.

If you wish to get behind these guys and show your support, you can donate by following the links below.

To sponsor Jared Kenyon follow this link

To sponsor Josh Casey follow this link

Interested in Volunteering?

We are currently understaffed so if you have an interest in joining the brigade then come and see us. We need people with a desire to serve the community, reasonable physical fitness, and a strong sense of commitment.

Applicants need to pass a security check, pass a medical assesment, and be committed to the training regime once accepted. You need to be reasonably fit, reliable, and able to work effectively as a team member. We train every Monday night at 7:00pm.


Smoke Alarms and Unattended

Cooking

A while back the brigade attended a very preventable house fire. The house was extensively damaged due to a fire that was started when a pot of chicken boiled dry and caught fire. The person cooking the food went for a sleep in an adjacent room leaving the stove unattended. Luckily for them another person in an outbuilding heard windows breaking, investigated and found the kitchen on fire and alerted the sleeping person.

Had a smoke alarm been fitted the fire would have been discovered and dealt with before ever becoming more than a burning pot which could have been extinguished by simply covering it.

Make sure that your smoke alarms are working and are fitted in the right place in the room i.e. on the ceiling not down the wall or in a corner of the room. Remember smoke rises and will travel to the higher parts of the room. If your room has a peaked or staggered height ceiling, place the smoke alarm in the highest part that will catch the smoke. If it is not possible for one alarm to properly cover the room consider installing some more. The cost of a smoke alarm is minimal in comparison to the possible consequences of a fully involved house fire.

If you want advice on smoke alarms, evacuation plans, or fire safety related information contact your local brigade.