Volunteer firefighters in New Zealand are notified of an emergency call-out by electronic pager, loud siren, or both. All Stokes Valley firefighters are issued with pagers, which can be activated at any time of the day or night. Our siren is operational from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

This section has some basic information about the call-outs that Stokes Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade has recently attended.

Please note that this information is not automatically updated in real time.  We will endeavour to keep the information as up-to-date as possible but there might sometimes be periods of several days before we are able to update these stats.

This is a list of the total number of call-outs that the brigade has received each year, from 1970 up until the last full calendar year.

1970 80 1980 117 1990 152 2000 236 2010 143
1971 92 1981 170 1991 139 2001 227 2011 147
1972 71 1982 166 1992 182 2002 170 2012 125
1973 119 1983 150 1993 183 2003 188 2013 168
1974 104 1984 145 1994 173 2004 214 2014
1975 101 1985 158 1995 158 2005 191 2015
1976 142 1986 130 1996 198 2006 173 2016
1977 136 1987 235 1997 234 2007 186 2017
1978 167 1988 213 1998 375 2008 150 2018
1979 166 1989 238 1999 259 2009 145 2019
Call-outs for December 2013
Fires 13
Motor Vehicle Crashes 0
Medical 1
Special Services 2
Cover-moves 0
False Alarms 3
TOTAL: 19

During November, the brigade was alerted to a number of suspicious scrub fires in and around the hills of Stokes Valley and Taita/Pomare.  This disturbing trend has now continued into December with a major scrub fire in the hills above Waterloo last night that kept the Fire Service personnel busy for several hours.

These deliberately-lit fires are putting lives and property at risk.  We would like the Stokes Valley community to be extra-vigilant over the summer and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.

Call-outs for November 2013
Fires 11
Motor Vehicle Crashes 1
Medical 1
Special Services 1
Cover-moves 0
False Alarms 6
TOTAL: 20
Call-outs for September 2013
Fires 8
Motor Vehicle Crashes 1
Medical 0
Special Services 3
Cover-moves 0
False Alarms 5
TOTAL: 17
Call-outs for October 2013
Fires 6
Motor Vehicle Crashes 1
Medical 1
Special Services 0
Cover-moves 0
False Alarms 4
TOTAL: 12

During the month of August, Stokes Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a total of 13 incidents.  We attended six fires, from the very small (a smoking light-fixture) to the extremely large "4th Alarm" factory fire in Petone on the 23rd August.  We also attended four medical emergencies during the month and there were three false alarms.

Even with another fairly significant (magnitute 6.6) earthquake on 16th August, the Wellington region seemingly dodged another bullet and the brigade had absolutely no earthquake-related incidents to attend to.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that that remains the case for many, many years to come!

Call-outs for August 2013
Fires 6
Motor Vehicle Crashes 0
Medical 4
Special Services 0
Cover-moves 0
False Alarms 3
TOTAL: 13

Despite the Wellington region being rocked by a strong 6.5 magnitude earthquake on 21st July, Stokes Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade attended less than half the number of call-outs in July than in June.

The storm that hit the region back in June kept the brigade much busier than the recent earthquake did, which, in a funny kind of way, is probably a good thing (considering the utter devastation that the people down in Canterbury have had to deal with).  The brigade were called out to just two earthquake-related incidents, including one to Hutt Hospital.

Call-outs for July 2013
Fires 1
Motor Vehicle Crashes 2
Medical 3
Special Services 4
Cover-moves 0
False Alarms 5
TOTAL: 15
Call-outs for June 2013
Fires 7
Motor Vehicle Crashes 0
Medical 0
Special Services 25
Cover-moves 1
False Alarms 4
TOTAL: 37
Call-outs for May 2013
Fires 3
Motor Vehicle Crashes 0
Medical 0
Special Services 1
Cover-moves 0
False Alarms 4
TOTAL: 8