Queenstown residents may have to decide if it is time for a paid presence alongside their volunteer fire brigade.
The cost of four rural fires in Dunedin late last year, including a major blaze at Mt Allan, has blown out the city's civil defence and rural fires budget by almost $1 million. However, manager Neil Brown said the cost would be recovered.
A fire has highlighted issues with a hydrant and water access in the North Otago settlement Ohau Village.
One person has been rescued from a burning house in Tauhara, on the eastern side of Taupo.
Behind Garage Doors searches for collectors of all things large and small throughout Otago/Southland. The Fire Truck Restoration Society show off their collection of appliances kept in Dunedin.
It seems the streets around the student quarter are no longer the only domain for the traditional student couch blaze.
A North Otago truck driver did not realise his load of straw was on fire until a motorist following him signalled him to pull over in Weston.
There will be no love lost at Coronet Peak tomorrow as firefighters go up against each other in teams of four, competing in the 2011 Firefighter Chill Factor Challenge.
Fire appliances from Waikouaiti and Palmerston and a Rural Fire water-tanker were called to a "well-involved" fire in a Dunback Rd wooden bungalow shortly before 5pm.
Rural firefighting techniques are being shared by visiting American firefighters and their counterparts in the Department of Conservation (Doc) this week.
Southern firefighters are expecting to take possession of two new appliances in the next few months - an extra aerial fire fighting appliance and an incident command unit.
A sleeping teenager was rescued by a friend after a fire which forced guests and staff to flee broke out in a major Dunedin hotel last night.
The Arrowtown Volunteer Fire Brigade will hold a bingo night later this month to raise money for the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation. Julie Hughes, of Arrow Events, said volunteer firefighters Chris Tate, Terry Youngman, John Hillock and Rob Andrews had raised more than $8000 to date.
Three weeks of training in the Australian state of Victoria has given a group of Otago rural firefighters vital experience for fighting fires back home, Department of Conservation (Doc) deputy principal rural fire officer Trevor Mitchell says.
False fire alarms are on the rise in Queenstown, and it is causing concern.
Volunteer firefighting is under pressure, a report which could precipitate the biggest shake-up of the New Zealand Fire Service in 50 years says. Bruce Munro tags along with Regan Soper, of the Ravensbourne Volunteer Fire Brigade, to record a week in the life of one of New Zealand's 12,000 volunteer firefighters.
Three Millers Flat volunteer firefighters received a gold star award on Saturday night for 25 years' service.
Saturday was an evening of pride, as the fire brigades in Queenstown and Frankton honoured their volunteers at an award service and gala dinner at the Memorial Hall in Queenstown.
Quick action helped firefighters battling a blaze within forest at the Waiora Scout Camp, near Mosgiel, yesterday.