The Greytown Volunteer Fire Brigade is one of New Zealand’s oldest fire brigades, proudly serving our community since 1882. Our brigade is made entirely of dedicated volunteers, with an establishment of 22 operational fire fighters and 6 operational support staff, who are on call and ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice 24/7.
Greytown is a small provincial town situated on State Highway 2 in the South Wairarapa, one hour north of Wellington, just over the Rimutaka Hill. Surrounded by fertile farmland, Greytown is a popular weekend and holiday destination with its many cafes, antique shops and boutique stores, with the visitors swelling its permanent population of approximately 2000 residents. Our district covers from the Tauherenikau river in the south to the Waihone River in the north, Woodside and the Tararua Ranges in the west across to Bidwills Cutting in the east.
We have two fire appliances and one support vehicle, responding on average to 100-120 incidents annually. Approx 60% of incidents are in the Greytown district, 40% providing assistance our neighbouring brigades. We respond to a variety of emergencies including structure fires, motor vehicle crashes, CPR/medical assistance, rural fires, weather related events, hazardous substance incidents, alarm activations and many other forms of public assistance.
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Fire and Emergency New Zealand is a new unified fire organisation that brings together our country’s urban and rural fire services for the first time.
The formation of Fire and Emergency New Zealand represents a once in a generation opportunity to enable New Zealand to have a fit for purpose 21st century fire and emergency organisation that is flexible, adaptable and efficient.
Statement of Intent
• Reducing the likelihood of unwanted fires
• Reducing harm from emergencies, and
• Helping build resilient communities.
• Working together
• Fire reduction and prevention
• Stronger engagement with communities
• Coordinated services