The Ngatea Volunteer Fire Brigade was first started in an old shed on Hayward road The first meeting minutes recorded were on the 1st December 1964. The first meeting was chaired by County Chairman Hugh Hayward. Present were H.W Hayward, K.D. Stills, G Speedy, L.Edwards,A Steward, J Shaw, I Costello, R Harris, A Walsh N Courtney. Al Steward was elected as the first Chief Fire Officer, A Walsh 1st Deputy Officer ,N Courtney 2nd Deputy Officer and K.D. Stills the Secretary.
The Brigades first fire engine , a 1934 Ford V8 ,was purchase from Matamata Fire brigade along with a 1941 Colmolco Ford V8 trailer pump in november 1964. This appliance served Ngatea up untill the New Zealand Fire Service took over, when it was replaced by a Forward Control Land Rover, and put in retirement in 1969.The Hauraki Plains County owned them up until 11th Febuary 1977 when they we sold to the Ngatea Volunteer Fire Brigade Social Club .We still have them to this day in fine running order.