Action stations at camp
There's nothing quite like the sound of a fire, ambulance or police siren to get pulses racing and hearts beating.
For some, it sends a chill down the spine, for others - such as the many volunteer firefighters who dedicate their time, energy and knowledge to the community - it's the opportunity to get out and do what they're trained for.
And for three days this week, 60 firefighters from all over Northland will get an even bigger opportunity to put their training into practice with scenarios from motor accidents and fires to plane crashes and water rescues to be played out in the biannual Northland Region 1 and 2 Fire Camp.
Twenty trainers will lead nine different crews through nine scenarios in and around Dargaville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in the first camp in the town for about 14 years.
Other scenarios include a hazardous substance response, a high angle rescue, which involves going up a building and bringing someone down on a stretcher; an LPG demonstration and a potential fire at Dargaville Museum, which will involve pumping water from a dam halfway up the hill.
Chief fire officer Jeff Palmer says the training camp improves the skills of all volunteer firefighters, no matter how long they've served.
He says they are always looking for more volunteers and the camp is a great opportunity for potential new recruits.
"Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter can use this opportunity to see what goes on."
Dargaville Fire Service has 23 volunteers covering an area from Tangowahine to Waipoua to Poutu Point, assisting Te Kopuru and Ruawai as needed.
Mr Palmer says once a potential volunteer has passed a medical, they then undertake a seven-day intensive course in Rotorua.
Anyone interested can contact Mr Palmer at the fire station on 439 3055.