Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice - — Sta­tion Of­fi­cer Bren­dan Gibbs

Katikati Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade had a steady stream of call­outs over the Christ­mas/New Year pe­riod.

On De­cem­ber 17 at 5pm the bri­gade, along with Omoko­roa and Tau­ranga was called to a five-car ac­ci­dent on SH2 near Gill Rd. One per­son with a dis­abil­ity was trapped and needed as­sis­tance. Po­lice and am­bu­lance at­tended.

The next day at 4.10pm the bri­gade was called to as­sist a driver who had gone in the wrong di­rec­tion while sup­pos­edly back­ing a car — be­hind the li­brary. The car was made safe and a tow truck called.

At 3.20am on De­cem­ber 20 the bri­gade was called to an alarm ac­ti­va­tion at a pri­vate res­i­dence in Lund Rd. No ac­tion by the bri­gade — wa­ter was thought to have en­tered the alarm. On De­cem­ber 22 at 12.36am the bri­gade was called to as­sist po­lice af­ter a per­son with sui­ci­dal ten­den­cies poured an ac­cel­er­ant over them­selves and a ve­hi­cle, threat­en­ing to set both alight. The per­son gave in to po­lice and was taken to hos­pi­tal.

At 11am the next day they re­sponded to smoke show­ing be­hind Skel­ton Real Es­tate on SH2 — but no ac­tion was taken as it was a con­trolled burn.

On Box­ing Day at 11.35pm the bri­gade at­tended to a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent (MVA) af­ter a car failed to take a bend on Fairview Rd — hit­ting trees and tak­ing out the deck­ing of a house, then rolling on to the neigh­bour­ing fence. The per­son re­ceived mi­nor in­juries. On New Year’s Eve at 7.50pm crews re­sponded to a fire on Tuapiro re­serve where peo­ple had lit a fire to cook on. How­ever, on ar­rival the fire had been ex­tin­guished and they were ad­vised not to re-light.

The bri­gade was called to an MVA on Wright Rd at 8am on Jan­uary 3 where a car turn­ing off SH2 had cut the cor­ner and col­lided with two mo­tor­cy­clists. One was taken to hos­pi­tal with leg in­juries. The bri­gade car­ried out traf­fic con­trol un­til the scene was cleared. Later that day at 8.30pm the bri­gade was called to as­sist Mayor View Fire Bri­gade at a house fire on Seaforth Rd at Otawhi­whi marae. The house was de­stroyed. Po­lice and fire are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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