Early days of fire­fight­ing

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Some of Porirua’s most beau­ti­ful old wooden build­ings have been de­stroyed by fire.

Be­fore the 1930s, the Porirua district did not have or­gan­ised fire­fight­ing units, so not much could be done other than watch­ing build­ings burn to the ground.

Dis­as­trous fires in the 1920s and 1930s prompted Plim­mer­ton res­i­dents to form a vol­un­teer fire bri­gade in 1934, with­out fund­ing or equip­ment.

Things im­proved in 1942 when the bri­gade ac­quired its first ap­pli­ance, a hand cart with bucket pumps.

It bought its first mo­torised fire truck in 1945.

In the 1940s, the Tawa Flat Vol­un­teer Bri­gade had a for­mer Army Ford Model A truck for its fire en­gine.

That even­tu­ally be­came the first ap­pli­ance for the Porirua Bri­gade.

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