Busy times for Maketu fire crew

By Genevieve Helliwell

Emergency services in Maketu were extremely busy this weekend, with five callouts in 24 hours.

Maketu volunteer fire chief, Shane Beech, said the crew were called to three fire jobs and two medical jobs.

The first call, which came in about 1.30am on Saturday, was a medical job.

The second call came in just before 11am and the volunteer crew went to attend a head-on motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Showground Rd and State Highway 2.

A woman and three children were in one vehicle and in the other was one male. None of them were seriously injured and they were taken to Tauranga Hospital for further checks.

About two hours later, the crew were called to Black Rd in Paengaroa to put out a fire on a private property. Mr Beech said the farmer was burning rubbish in a pit when the wind caused hot ash to blow out from the fire and cause a sideling or embankment to catch alight. It took the crew about two hours to get it under control.

The fourth call was a medical job where a young boy had fallen off a pushbike.

The volunteers were called out again about 4.40pm to a structure fire on Young Rd in Paengaroa.

When the fire crew arrived, they had to deal with two fires at the same property. Mr Beech said one fire was on the front porch of the property and the other was on a fence line.

He said the fire was suspicious and police were investigating.

The Maketu volunteer brigade deployed two fire trucks and crew. They were there for about an hour and a half.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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