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The Paraparaumu Fire Brigade was formed in June, 1948 at a meeting held in the local picture theatre. The meeting was presided over by Harold Melville, (Chief Fire Officer) at Tawa Flat. Rules and Constitution of the Tawa Fire Brigade were adopted to enable Paraparaumu to register with the United Fire Brigade Association which is responsible for all Volunteer Brigades. Mr A Phillips was appointed Chief Fire Officer and with the 20 other persons attending the meeting, became foundation Members of the Paraparaumu Fire Brigade.

In 1948 the Hutt County Council which was the governing body then, purchased a site at 8 Kapiti Road.

In December 1948, an ex-army 4x4 tanker with 100-gallon water capacity was purchased as the first fire appliances. It was housed at various members residences because a Fire Station had not yet been built.

Three years later a 20ft by 12ft asbestos Fire Station was built on the site together with a hose tower constructed by Mr E Hand - a local garage proprietor and mechanic. The siren was donated by Mr D Moult. It was mounted on top of the hose tower. This siren had been purchased from Auckland City Council where it was "at the ready" to be used as an air raid siren during the war. 

During this period a new Ford V8 fire engine with 400-gallon carrying capacity was purchased.

In 1958 a 400-gallon ex-army tanker was purchased to supplement the Ford V8 and in 1962 the tanker was replaced with a new Morris Tanker also carrying 400 gallons of water. A Commer Karrier Fire engine was purchased although later it was removed to Wellington.

1969 saw the County Council supply a Ford Tanker, which carried 800 gallons of water. By 1975 the district was being reticulated for water and by 1984 operation completed, so there were no further water problems.


AWARD WINNING NEW STATION - 2009 was a very big year for the Brigade with a new station being built by Armstrong Downes Limited of Lower Hutt at 22 Te Roto Drive and opening on 21 February. Mid - year saw the new station the category winner and also a Gold Award winner in the Wellington Registered Master Builders Association 2009 Commercial Project Awards, Industrial and Infrastructure Project. Late 2009 the station was chosen as the National Winner, Industrial and Infrastructure Project in the Registered Master Builder 2009 Commercial Project Awards. The award recognizes the use of smart and sustainable technology and building practices. Congratulations go to Armstrong Downes Limited, their staff and sub-contractors for a job well done and also the Fire Service Project team for their input to the design and etc.

In March 2009 Paraparaumu became a composite station with 24/7 crewing of the PRT (Pump Rescue Tender) - PARA377 by 16 paid staff on the normal watch system while retaining volunteers to man PARA371 (Pump) and PARA3726 (Operational Support Unit).

 

 

 

Honours Board


Life Honorary Members:

Name

Date

GUIDO

DEMENECH *

1973

BILL

BRAZIER * QFSM

1979

BOB

BINNS *

1979

ANGELO

DEMENECH

1979

BARRY

DEANS *

1982

JIMMY

ROSEMAN

1982

BILL

CRANSON QSM JP

1982

JACK

THOMPSON

1982

WES

DICKSON

1985

TED

MELLISH *

1985

GEORGE

HOLT

1985

ROB

SULLIVAN

1985

NAT

BUICK *

1986

SELLY

HYDE *

1986

TREVOR

MOORE

1987

JOHN

HICKEY

1987

GARY

JOHNSTONE

1988

ALAN

WATT

1988

ROSS

WRIGHT

1988

PAUL

LYALL - QSM

1991

BILL

WHITELAW

1992

MICHAEL

GOODWIN

1995

ROBIN

WATT

1995

WAYNE

SARJEANT QSM

2002

IAN

ALLEN

2006

STEVE

HOWCHOW

2007

KEVIN

SCHOFIELD

2015

 

 

 


25 Year Gold Star Recipients:

Name

Date

GUIDO

DEMENECH *

1973

BILL

BRAZIER - * QFSM

1979

BOB

BINNS

1979

BARRY

DEANS *

1982

JIMMY

ROSEMAN

1982

WES

DICKSON

1985

TED

MELLISH *

1985

JOHN

HICKEY

1987

ALAN

WATT

1988

ROSS

WRIGHT

1988

JACK

THOMPSON

1991

PAUL

LYALL - QSM

1991

BILL

CRANSON QSM JP

1992

MICHAEL

GOODWIN

1995

NEIL

BERRY

2001

PETER

MCEWAN

2001

GORDON

BARRATT

2001

WAYNE

SARJEANT QSM

2002

TREVOR

MOSS

2003

MARTY

FOX

2003

IAN

ALLEN

2006

BARRY

DEANS * DOUBLE GOLD STAR

2007

PRESTON

FENTON

2007

TIM

MORGAN

2010

STEVE

HUDSON

2010

STEVE

HOWCHOW

2011

PAUL

LYALL QSM - DOUBLE GOLD STAR

2014

BOB

STRONG

2015


Officer in Charge:

Name

Rank

Dates

ALAN

DALES *

SUPERINTENDENT

1948 1949

BILL

BELL *

SUPERINTENDENT

1949 1950

GERRY

MUDGWAY *

SUPERINTENDENT

1950 1952

CURLEY

BILTON

SUPERINTENDENT

1952 1954

BILL

HERCOCK *

CHIEF FIRE OFFICER

1954 - 1957

LAURIE

JAMIESON *

CHIEF FIRE OFFICER

1957 - 1961

BILL

BRAZIER * QFSM

CHIEF FIRE OFFICER

1961 - 1994

WAYNE

SARJEANT QSM

CHIEF FIRE OFFICER

1994 - 2012

TIM

MORGAN

CHIEF FIRE OFFICER

2012


Brigade Secretary:

Name

Dates

KEITH

WARD *

1948 1950

LAURIE

JAMIESON *

1950 1957

KEITH

WARD *

1957 1960

CURLEY

BILTON

1960 - 1962

RON

COLES

1962 - 1968

BILL

CRANSON QSM JP

1968 - 2007

IAN

THOMSON

2007 - 2013

CATHERINE

TOMPSON

2013 -


Current Brigade Executive:

 

Name

Chief Fire Officer

TIM

MORGAN

Deputy Chief Fire Officer

TREVOR

MOSS

Secretary

CATHERINE

TOMPSON

Treasurer

MICHELLE

LASTOVICKA

 

 

 

Station Officers

SSO

SO - Training

MARTIN

SUTHERLAND

SO

MIKE

BENNETT

SO

MICHELLE

LASTOVICKA

SO


Brigade Roll:

There are 25 current serving members listed.

Name

Rank

MIKE

BENNETT

SO

REECE

CLAXTON

QFF

HENRY

CURTIS

RFF

NICK

EDWARDS

QFF

PAUL

FLEMING

FF

JOHN

FORSTER

FF OS

MIKE

FRASER

QFF

STEVE

FRY

 

RFF

LINDSAY

HAMILTON

 

RFF OS

FENN

LANGBEIN

 

QFF

MICHELLE

LASTOVICKA

 

SO

NEIL

MAHARAJ

RFF

TIM

MORGAN

CFO

TREVOR

MOSS

DCFO

GERARD

PRINSEN

FF

BRENDON

ROWNEY

 

RFF OS

ISAIAH

SMITH

 

FF

GREG

STOBBS

QFF

BOB

STRONG

SFF OS

MARTIN

SUTHERLAND

SO

PETER

TAYLOR

QFF

IAN

THOMSON

SFF

CATHERINE

TOMPSON

 

SFF

SCOTT

WALKER

QFF

ADAM

WHITE

QFF

KEY

QUEENS SERVICE MEDAL

QUEENS FIRE SERVICE MEDAL

RECRUIT FIREFIGHTER

FIREFIGHTER

QUALIFIED FIREFIGHTER

SENIOR FIREFIGHTER

STATION OFFICER

SENIOR STATION OFFICER

DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER

CHIEF FIRE OFFICER

RECRUIT FIREFIGHTER OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

FIREFIGHTER OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

QUALIFIED FIREFIGHTER OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

SENIOR FIREFIGHTER OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

STATION OFFICER OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

QSM

QFSM

RFF

FF

QFF

SFF

SO

SSO

DCFO

CFO

RFF OS

FF OS

QFF OS

SFF OS

SO OS


Note: * = deceased

 

 

Photo History of the Brigade
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First Tanker for Paraparaumu

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Paraparaumu 3726 Fire Police now Operational Support

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Paraparaumu 371

Paraparaumu 377 then Paraparaumu 371

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Paraparaumu 377

Paraparaumu 371