HWOSU Assisted the Upper Hutt Rotary on a beautiful Saturday evening with their fireworks display which was rained off last year.
The unit was tasked with Crowd control, bag searches and safety while the fireworks display was in progress.
The annual Petone fair was held in Jackson Street with beautiful weather all day. Supporting the Rotary, the unit assists with road closures, crowd control including giving guidance to stall holders with setting up in the morning and packing up at the end of the day.
While the Fair is open, members maintain a presence at the road closures but also mingle with the public and provide crowd control and personal assistance, such as advising where the alternative bus routes are running or giving directions if this is required.
It was a fine day on Saturday the 8th Dec for the annual Upper Hutt Christmas Parade. Kowhai Ave and King Street were closed at 12 noon so the floats could assemble with the rest of the road closures being put in place at 1pm. The parade started at 2pm from King Street and progressed down main street to Royal Street. HWOS manned the road closures with assistance from the cadets and organised the rolling road open behind the parade. The parade was all over by 2.30pm and the roads fully open by 3pm. The unit was invited back to H2O Extreme for a BBQ and refreshments after the parade. This year was a relatively small parade but still requires the same amount of effort from the unit members.
HWOSU members assisted other members of the Hutt fire region and the NZ Police in a fun filled night of action as members from both organisations fought it out in the ring to raise money for the Life Flight Trust and Wellington Free Ambulance.
Each belt was fought over three two minute rounds, At the end of the night after 10 hard fought belts it was declared draw between both groups with NZ fire service retaining the cup as the cup defenders.
This years Combined Honours night the NZFS, UFBA and EMQUAL/FRISITO awards for Hutt Valley Fire Support, Tretham Volunteers, Silverstream Volunteers and Upper Hutt Rural Bush Force were presented.
Recipients of awards from Hutt Valley Fire Support include: 14 year Long Service Good Conduct for SO English, first clasp to the 14 year Long Service Good Conduct for FF Morton, Gold bars for SSO Bedford, SFF Robinson and FF Brooks, Silver bars for SO Lock and FF Waters, and a 5 year medal for QFF Key. A special presentation was also made to ex OIC of the Unit David Ackroyd - Life Honorary Membership. Congratulations to all award recipients of last nights function.
The annual Hutt Kapiti Sub Association Hamilton indoor bowls tournament was held at Stokes Valley RSA and hosted by Hutt Wairarapa Operational Support Unit. This year there were 8 teams competing made up from the following brigades/units: HWOSU, Wellington Fire Support, Wainuiomata Brigade, Eastbourne Brigade, and Upper Hutt Rural. The ultimate winner was Eastbourne so it must be their turn to host next years tournament.
Once again the Spring Festival organisers requested the assistance of the Hutt Valley Fire Support for road closures and crowd control at the annual Spring Festival. Members of the unit assisted at various times during the day manning road closures and generally assisting at the fair. The day was not the best weatherwise with the morning having patchy light showers and the afternoon blustery winds and heavy rain. Many of the store holders gazebo's were pulled down at lunchtime due to safety concerns of them taking off in the wind. The fair organisers called the event off at 2pm and the Hutt Valley Fire Suppport unit managed a rolling road open as store holders quickly packed up and departed. Not a good day for the weather and probably not that profitable for the store holders - lets hope next year is better.
Attending ANZAC Day parades or events is an annual event for Hutt Valley Fire Support members. This year members represented the Unit at Dawn Parades in Upper Hutt and Taita and at mid morning and afternoon events at Stokes Valley to pay our respects to the people who never made it home.
The Pacific Child Health day was held at Avalon Park on Saturday 31st March 2012 between 9.30am and 1.30pm. The HVFS were asked if they would like assist with promoting. The ultralight was set up with the canopy extended and a table with promotional material for the children and adults who attend. An emphasis was made by the unit on smoke detectors to compliment the current television adverts. The event was well supported by other organisations and guess attendance by Hurricane Rugby players.