So far so good on fire scene


Kaik­oura Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade chief Ian Walker says the hol­i­day pe­riod has so far given the fire ser­vice a steady work­load, although there have for­tu­nately been no se­ri­ous in­ci­dents.

On Fri­day evening just af­ter 7pm the bri­gade was called to the sub­sta­tion on Lud­stone Rd af­ter re­ports of dam­aged wires.

Two wires were bro­ken, caus­ing power cuts to some parts of Kaik­oura, he said.

Kaik­oura and Che­viot teams at­tended a two-car col­li­sion in the Hun­dalees early on Box­ing Day.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to one other ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent, in­volv­ing a sin­gle car at Clarence on Sun­day, but were stood down soon af­ter.

Mr Walker said other small call­outs in­cluded cook­ing at an ac­com­mo­da­tion premises set­ting off smoke de­tec­tors, and false alarms.

For­tu­nately for the bri­gade there have been few calls from the pub­lic re­lat­ing to beach fires, de­spite vis­i­tor num­bers in­creas­ing.

Mr Walker said there was a lot of drift­wood around at the moment so con­trolled burns would hopefully pre­vent call­outs fur­ther into the sum­mer sea­son.


Snapped: Bro­ken elec­tri­cal wires at the Lud­stone Rd sub­sta­tion sparked a call­out for emer­gency ser­vices on Fri­day.

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