Three Millers Flat volunteer firefighters received a gold star award on Saturday night for 25 years' service.
False fire alarms are on the rise in Queenstown, and it is causing concern.
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.
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.
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.
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.