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 May

A busy month in comparison to the rest of the year - 6 calls so far.

* Hay shed fire Carterton on 6th May 2016
* Truck and trailer accident Blue Mountains Road on 10th May 2016
* Vehicle stuck in the river Totora Park Bridge on 11th May 2016
* Vehicle accident Rimutaka Hill on 13th May 2016
* Empty horse float blown over on Rimutaka Hill on 13th May 2016
* Gas explosion at apartment Eastern Hutt Road on 20th May 2016
* Lighting assistance for Police in Manor Park on 26th May 2016

Ute stuck in the river under the Totara Park Bridge on 11th May 2016

Drill had just finished when Rimutaka 491 was called for the rescue of 2 people stuck on their ute in the middle of the river. We were paged not long after for lighting. At the scene we also managed traffic (one way) across the bridge, provided gate access key for crews to get under the bridge and 2 life jackets (courtesy of SO English) for the rescue operation.

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


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Ute stuck in the river under the Totara Park Bridge

Image courtesy of Donm Post and SFF Bruce Key

Truck and Trailer Crash on Blue Mountains Road on 10th May 2016

The unit was called to close the road at the top and bottom of Blue Mountains road while the truck was removed. The stock truck and trailer had to take evasive action when a vehicle heading up the hill cut the corner - the truck stayed on the road but the trailer tipped off the road carrying 17 odd bulls. The 17 bulls were on the loose that had to be rounded up and penned for the night. The following day the bulls were hearded back over the hill to their paddock.

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


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Stock Truck and trailer accident on Blue Mountains Road

Images courtesy of Dom Post

Hay Shed Fire Carterton on 6th May 2016

The unit was requested for lighting and canteen at a hay shed fire in Carterton. The hay shed was fully involved when we arrived. Here is a great example of how effective 3 of our lights were to light up the scene.


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Stock Truck and trailer accident on Blue Mountains Road

Images courtesy of Dom Post

Calls for April 2016

Only one fire call this month:
* 14/4/16 - House fire Akatarara, unit responded for traffic control, lighting and water refreshments.

ANZAC Day Services 2016

HWOS members attended ANZAC day parades and represented the NZFS at Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt, Taita and Petone. The unit also provided a vehicle escort for Upper Hutt and Stokes Valley and assisted with rolling road closures.


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ANZAC Day Parades 2016

Images courtesy of SFF Bruce Key

Unit Dinner April 2016

Members and their partners attended a unit dinner at the Speights Ale House in Petone on Saturday 16th April. Not only was this an opportunity to socialise together but it was also a chance for members to say goodbye to three of our members. Liam and William have transferred to Silverstream Volunteer Brigade and Andre has transferred to Trentham Volunteers. We wish the three of them all the very best in their new adventures.

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Image courtesy of QFF Mark Foster

Calls for March 2016

Calls for this month were:

* 1st March 2016 - Road Closure, Canteen on SH2 Maymorn due to scrub fire.
* 16th March 2016 - Flooding, St Peter's and Paul's School, Lower Hutt due to burst hot water cylinder.
* 16th March 2016 - 2nd Alarm response to Moonshine Road, Upper Hutt. No response required.
* 24th March 2016 - 2nd Ararm building fire, Haywards. Traffic Control.

Calls for February 2016

Calls this month were:

* 4th Feb - Scrub Fire Katherine Mansfield Road, Road Closure and Canteen.
* 12th Feb - McDonalds Silverstream, Traffic Control, Crowd Control and Canteen.
* 14th Feb - Scrub Fire Maidstone Park, Traffic Control and Canteen.
* 15th Feb - Flooding, Hardware Bar Stokes Valley.
* 29th Feb - Flooding, Montgomery Avenue.

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