Hutt Wairarapa Operational Support are a volunteer unit providing support services to the New Zealand Fire Service in the Hutt Valley, Wainuiomata and Wairarapa regions, Wellington, New Zealand. This site will feature latest news and views of the Hutt Wairarapa Operational Support - with articles about Membership, Operations and Current Events. Also published is a concise set of material backgrounding exactly what Fire Support and Operational Support staff within the Fire Service are involved with in your communities, every day - as a key component of the New Zealand Fire Service Volunteer community - since 1955.

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Calls for January 2016

Calls this month were:

* 27th January - 3rd alarm response, unit required for lighting and refreshments in Gracefield
* 27th January - Maymorn Rail Tunnel, part of the tactical plan response, call was a false alarm

Calls for December 2015

Calls this month were:

* 27th December - Op Support required for Aquavacs in Trentham

Scrub Fire Upper Hutt - 5th Feb

Early in the evening HWOSU responded to a small scrub fire in Whitemans Valley Upper Hutt which soon developed into a large fire taking off up the hill.
The Unit was one of the 13 NZFS appliances that attended and assisted with road closures, traffic and crowd control.

To read about this fire, check out the story on Stuff here

Command Scrub Fire Scrub Fire
Scrub Fire Katherine Mansfield Drive

Images courtesy of Dominion Post

Event - Opening of Upper Hutt Train Station

The official opening of the new Upper Hutt Train Station was on Saturday 12th December. The unit was asked to assist with traffic management and crowd control.

Upper Hutt Train Station Train Station and Train Platform
The new Upper Hutt train station

Images courtesy of SFF Bruce Key

Event - Upper Hutt Xmas Parde

The Upper Hutt Xmas Parade was held on Sunday 6th December, 3pm. As is our normal practice the unit assisted with road closures, marshalling floats and clearing the roads after the parade.

Upper Parade Fire Safety Buzzy Santa
The Upper Hutt Santa Parade 2015

Images courtesy of SFF Bruce Key

Calls for November 2015

Calls this month were:

* 3rd November - Op Support required at Brookfields in Wainuiomata
* 6th November - Road Closure at Upper Hutt College
* 22nd November - Traffic Management and Crowd Control required for helicopter operations in Stokes Valley

Calls for October 2015

Calls this month were:

* 13th October - Aquavacs required in Rata Street
* 15th October - Traffic Control and Lighting required in Hardham Crescent
* 18th October - Traffic Control & Canteen required in Galway Street
* 21st October - Aquavacs requires in Railway Avenue

Calls for September 2015

Calls this month were:

* 4th September - Op Support assistance in Wainuiomata
* 28th September - Aquavacs required at domestic premises in Belmont

Calls for August 2015

Calls this month were:

* 2nd August - Aquavacs required at domestic building Miromiro Road
* 28th August - Aquavacs required at Chubb Hutt Road

Honours awards and a farewell 2015

The unit got together to celebrate members honours for this year. These are awards that are presented to volunteers within the Fire Service for their service

Congratulations to the following members who received their awards

NZFS Honours

3rd Clasp LSGC (35 years)
•SO Phil Campbell

Gold Bar
•SO Phil Campbell (35 years)

Silver Bar
•SO Rosanne English (17 years)
•SFF Steve Biddle (17 years)
•QFF Jackie Breen (13 years)
•SFF Alex Roberts (11 years)
•SFF Megan Chambers (7 years)

As well as celebrating our honours we also bid farewell to one of our members who has now retired SFF Dave Robinson. He was presented with his 40 years certificate.

We wish Dave well for the future and thank you for your service to the unit.