Firefighters from Kaitāia to Kaiwaka will be training at a Northland Fire Camp this weekend and will be faced with different emergency scenarios to sharpen their skills.

The scenarios, that cannot be revealed so there is still an element of surprise, will be happening over two days at various location around Whangārei.

One of the organisers, Chief Fire Officer Colin Thomson of Kamo brigade, said about 50 firefighters from the 28 volunteer brigades across the region would come together and tackle the emergency scenarios.

There were six different emergencies and the public should not be alarmed if they saw a number of fire appliances travelling together in the Whangārei area over the weekend.


There will be 10 teams each with five members involved dealing with such emergencies as a scrub fire to a hazardous substance spill.

On Sunday there will be a major incident involving all the teams.

Thomson said it was also an opportunity for members of different brigades to work together and share ideas and that could help at the scene of a real emergency.

"It's a chance for brigades to work together and use different gear that their own brigades might not have. It's also about creating camaraderie because in the fire service once you have mates in the service you have them for life," Thomson said.

All the teams will be dispatched from the Kamo station, which along with the Ōnerahi Brigade are hosting the event that is held every two years. Instructors from Northland and Auckland will be keeping an eye on how teams operate.

Each of the teams will be scored and there is a trophy up for grabs for the best team. There will be signs out at each of the scenarios to warn members of the public.