Gold FM Fire Call Out
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Posted November 30, 2020
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Chief Fire Officer Moe Stevens from Waihi Fire and Rescue gave us an update of the five calls they attended over the last week.
Last Tuesday, November 24, at 3 pm they headed to the new super market in Waihi that’s getting a lot of work done at the moment. A worker had accidently cut through an alarm wire which they had to get repaired ASAP.
On Thursday November 26, they were out at 5 am from the station after power went out in west Waihi. They attended about five different locations but couldn’t find anything. Power was out to several hundred consumers in Waihi for an hour or so. The power company said a line fault caused the outage.
On Saturday, November 28, two calls close to each other were responded to. At 6 pm the siren went off to assist land the rescue helicopter, firstly at Morgan Park but then at the end of Surrey St. The reason for the change was emergency services had been told Morgan Park had a lot of motorhomes parked up, but they’d move on so it would have been safe to land there. The patient was airlifted to hospital without incident.
Then at 6.45 pm that afternoon they got a call to Dean Crescent and the Waihi Refuse Station. A big bin had caught alight and had to be put out.
The last call Moe mentioned was on Sunday, 29 November. This was to the Karangahake Gorge, near the new Karangahake Hall, where a report had come in that a car had gone off the road and into the river. This turned out to be historical and the vehicle had been there for about 4 or so weeks. It’s about the fourth call they’ve had in regard to this car. The team put emergency tape around it again to signify it was an old crash.
They hope it will be removed soon, but they’re not sure who will do it. The police don’t get involved if it’s off the road, and Moe and Brian think Environmental Waikato or Waikato Regional Council might need to get involved. Apparently the wheels and motor have gone, and Moe says hopefully the rest of the car will be removed soon, which will save the volunteers attending again when another report comes in.
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