Volunteer firefighters face a busy workload
Kaikoura volunteer fire brigade have been called into action several times in the past week, after a reasonably quiet few weeks.
A bonfire from the previous night on the beach near the Lions walkway flared up on Sunday afternoon, November 30.
On Thursday last week at 2pm, volunteer firefighters were called to a fire at a Hawthorne road property.
‘‘They were having a bit of a bonfire, burning off some rubbish and it caught. They burnt down a shed and caught a tree on fire.’’
Walker said it was not very bright lighting a fire in the strong easterly breeze.
At 9.30am on Sunday the fire service was preparing for a weekly meeting when it was called to the Whale Watch building. Staff were concerned by a strong smell of smoke in the foyer.
Upon investigation it appeared the smoke was from a vat of cooking oil used on the premises.
The fire service was also called to a medical emergency in Margate St shortly after midnight on Saturday night.