Port Waikato Volunteer Fire Brigade

In 1976 there was a huge scrub fire on the hills behind Port Waikato which threatened many local homes.  So a local farmer decided to do something about it.  It alarmed  him that the nearest fire engine had to come from Tuakau, half a hour away.  After an impassioned talk to the residents and ratepayers group they decided to form their own brigade.  A group of keen committeed locals formed the initial brigade with an average age of nearer 60 than 30 and with fund raising and scrounging, essential gear was obtained.  Enquiries were made, including an approach to Motat, for an appliance and eventually an old wartime Ford V8 was purchased from Ngaruawahia for $100.  Local building suppliers were approached for timber and fittings at cut rates and the volunteers built the original station.  

Fire Service Commission took over in 1981 and many improvements were made.  Port Waikato Volunteer Fire Brigade was now auxilary brigade to Tuakau Volunteer Fire Brigade.  The old Ford was sent to Motat and replaced with a more modern appliance, regulation gear was provided and funding was available to slowly upgrade equipment.  2011 saw the original station demolished and the new station opened late 2013.

Today there is a role of 14 including Admin, Ops Support and Fire Fighters, Male and Female.  There are on average of 50-60 callouts per year, a great majority medical as the nearest ambulance is at least 30 minutes away.