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Fire truck damaged

Saturday June 27, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Takitumu Fire Rescue station chief Ali Macquarie and Tae Tutai stand with one of the fire trucks at Teimorimotia. 20051309 Takitumu Fire Rescue station chief Ali Macquarie and Tae Tutai stand with one of the fire trucks at Teimorimotia. 20051309

A Teimorimotia fire truck at the Takitumu fire rescue station was damaged when called out to attend a hill side fire at Tupapa.

The repair of the damage to the truck is a cost the volunteer fire station cannot afford.

Fire chief Ali Macquarie said the fire was neighbouring on a hill; the truck could not turn around at the top and so had to reverse back down.

This fire could have developed and caused serious and severe damage.

Due to the Air New Zealand plane arriving on Friday afternoon, the airport crash fire trucks were not available to be present at the scene.

Peoples ware not paying attention to the warnings of lighting fires, said Macquarie.

They continued to carelessly light fires when they were clearing their vacant sections – they were careless and needed to be mindful, he said.

“We are a volunteer fire service, we have to call people up, get the trucks ready… people need to think before they light any fire.”

Macquarie also noted that streams in the villages were being cleared of debris and branches; some streams did need to be cleaned, but others were fine as they were, he said.

The debris was often then dumped nearby, to eventually be burnt.

Firefighters had to monitor another paddock fire in the village, next to the section where there was an out-of-control fire the week before.