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Every Wedenesday evening, members of the brigade gather at the fire station to participate in ongoing training to keep their skills up and to learn how to deal with various emergency situations.

Last Wednesday, the 27th November, a major training exercise was set up in George St (just around the corner from the fire station). The exercise was well-organised by Firefighters Stuart Berkeley and Byron Dennis. Byron had this to say about the night's events... "Workmen in a container with power tools locked-in by other workmates as a joke - then there was an explosion. Attended by Stokes Valley 431 and 432. Thanks to all those that helped and attended. Was a lot of fun had by all and the smoke-machine in the container worked well... along with the fake legs and blood!"

A big hello to you all from Stokes Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade.

I'm very pleased to announce that September has been a fair month for fire call outs. This is something we are all trying to reduce. We are, of course, still checking households for working smoke alarms. This statistic is still not where we need it to be, so, if you do not have smoke alarms, please get some installed. They should be installed in each bedroom where people are sleeping, living areas and internal access garages, etc. Remember, a sleeping person cannot smell smoke, smoke does not wake you up and it does kill.

Hello Stokes Valley and welcome to August as we head towards Spring.

As you know, I am all about the hot weather and can hardly wait until the heat comes back into our days.  As there has not been a Sitrep in a couple of months, I have lots to catch you up on.

Firstly, welcome to all those people and families that have moved into the area.  This is a great community with loads of good people wanting to ensure our community stays safe and remains a fantastic place to bring up your children.

Well, as you can imagine, the Fire Brigade has been very busy over the last 3 months due to the storms.  June was our second busiest month ever with mostly storm related callouts.

After our longest hiatus yet, Stokes Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade is back online with this new and improved website.  It's certainly been a long time coming but we hope the wait was worth it!

Apart from updating much of our content, we've introduced a new, modernised design and layout.  We've also integrated social networking for the first time; we'll be using Facebook and Twitter (in conjunction with the site itself) to keep our local community up-to-date with the latest happenings and activities that the brigade is involved in and to post news and public notices as they come to hand.

Late last night, the brigade was alerted to a house fire in Horoeka Street, Stokes Valley.  The house was fully ablaze when the brigade arrived.

Well done to neighbour, Andrew Stephen, for dragging an elderly resident through a window to safety! have posted an article about the fire and Andrew's heroics here.

The Wellington region took a battering from a southerly storm on Thursday and Friday, which resulted in the Fire Service being called out to literally hundreds of weather-related emergencies across the greater Wellington region.

Stokes Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade attended 20 call-outs over a 24-hour period (from 5:39pm Thursday to 5:10pm Friday).  The brigade responded to incidents all over Lower Hutt, including Stokes Valley, Belmont, Harbour View, Fairfield, Taita/Pomare, Epuni, Seaview, Petone, Korokoro and Avalon!

Richard Bee

This week, we say farewell to our current DCFO, Richard Bee, who is relocating to Christchurch with his family.  Richard is a builder by trade and he is moving south to help with the Canterbury rebuild.

Richie has served with the Stokes Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade for 17 years.  Fortunately his expertise and experience will not be lost, as he is transferring to Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade.

We wish Richie and his familiy all the best.

Welcome to the fourth month of 2013.  April already and nearly at the middle of the year.

Well, what a great summer we have had... very dry and warm.  The fire brigade this summer have been very vigilant on any fires in the open.  Our main focus has been on illegally lit fires.  These include burning in the open without a permit or the use of incinerators. Please be aware while there is a TOTAL FIRE BAN on, there are to be NO fires of any type.  This includes cultural cooking fires.  People breaching the total fire ban can be liable for up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Seasons Greetings from all of us here at Stokes Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade.  What a great year we have had.  Personally, I am looking forward to a small rest as the 2012 year draws to a close.

As you know, our brigade is always looking for dedicated people with a willingness to help, as well as looking for something a little different to do in the community in which they live.

Currently we have some tremendous people wanting to make that difference and have started the process to become a volunteer firefighter.  I have asked one of our most recent firefighters to complete the course and to tell you her story.