Gold FM Fire Call Out
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Posted January 07, 2021
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The first Gold FM Fire Call Out for 2021 covers a busy one with Waihi Fire & Rescue Chief Fire Officer Moe Stevens telling Brian Gentil about the jobs they’ve attended in the last week and a bit.
Brian asked Moe how busy they’d been in 2020, with Moe saying the year hadn’t featured anything out of the ordinary and they’d attended about 258 calls for the year.
On Tuesday last week, 29 December, Waihi Fire & Rescue was called out at 8 pm to assist with a scrub fire that was a controlled burn off which had been deliberately lit, but was under control, at an Emerton Road address. They attended with an engine as well as their tanker, as a close water supply was not available. There’s currently a total fire ban in the Western Bay district so the fire was extinguished and they returned to base.
On Thursday 31 December, two call outs came in. The first was at 12.30 pm to assist with landing a helicopter on a farm towards Whiritoa for a medical incident. The second job was at 9.45 pm on New Years Eve after a report of a fire on Waitete Rd. It turned out to be a bin fire in a backyard, and as there was not a total fire ban in place and it was controlled the firefighters left it alone and headed back to the station.
On Sunday, January 3, at 3.30 pm they attended a motor vehicle crash in the Karangahake Gorge, just south of the tunnel, after a car heading south towards Waihi crashed, running off the road and up a bank. No-one was injured and they managed to clear the site without closing the road.
At 8 am on Tuesday January 5 the alarm went off at Hella, on the edge of Waihi CBD. It was apparently their first day back after the holiday and a machine making computer circuit boards had a malfunction and overheated, causing smoke to set off the fire alarm system. The building was evacuated and Moe said Waihi Fire & Rescue checked everything was clear so the staff headed back into the building and firefighters went back to base.
On Wednesday, January 6, there were two callouts. The first was at 9.20 am to a serious crash on the corner of State Highway 2 and Dean Crescent, on the western exit from Waihi towards the Karangahake Gorge.
A vehicle exiting Dean crescent appears to not have given way to a vehicle heading out of Waihi.
Two people were injured, with the most serious flown to Waikato Hospital, while the other patient was taken by ambulance to Thames hospital.
State Highway 2 was closed for some time causing traffic delays as the rescue helicopter needed to land on the road, with road users having to use a detour for several hours.
Then at 11 am on Wednesday Moe said they received a call about some cyanide found at a farm in Woodlands Rd, on the southern edge of Waihi. A person had picked it up and become ill. The fire and rescue team wore protective gear and removed the cyanide in a closed container, taking it to OceanaGold, who have the facilities to dispose of it properly.
And Moe ended the report with the good news that while there had been fireworks set off over the New Year and holiday period there had been no reports of fires.
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