Waiatarua Fire Station damaged by car
A fire station in west Auckland has been hit by an out-of-control car for the second time in a year leaving the volunteer fire fighters with a $20,000 repair bill.
On April 11, a driver lost control of a vehicle coming around a corner on Scenic Drive, ploughing into the kitchen of the Waiatarua Fire Station, volunteer firefighter Matt Walkinshaw said.
A member of the brigade saw the damage on his way to work on April 12.
No-one was at the station at the time of the crash and the driver did not report the incident, Walkinshaw said.
Where the crash wouldn't affect operations, Walkinshaw said it would affect brigade activities.
"Obviously, the kitchen is a pretty vile area now and it's out of action. It's just going to be a bit of an interruption to brigade activities. How we meet up here, and how we train. It's a facility that is now out of action as a result of someone's actions."
The station's officer Ian Ford said the hole in the wall was about two metres wide and one metre high. It would cost about $20,000 to fix.
As volunteers who helped the community, Walkinshaw said he was "disappointed" it had happened.
Ford said he was also disappointed but it was hard to be angry as he was more concerned about the way people drove on those roads.
"You just wonder about the state of driving. If it had happened during the daytime with a car coming the other way, it could have been more than just one car involved. Anything that shows up that kind of road behaviour is pretty disappointing."
"We are fortunate in that it's all covered by insurance but it's a hassle you don't need."
Ford said an apology letter from the driver was found under a mat at the station over Easter weekend.
He said crew weren't sure when the letter was put there.
It apologised for the damage, said the incident would be reported to police and payment would be made.
In June last year a driver drove a car into the main door of the fire station, jamming it shut.
It was slower to get to jobs as the fire truck had to be reversed out of the back of the garage to get it out, Walkinshaw said.
Waiatarua Fire Station attended about 60 jobs a year as the area was not highly populated, Ford said.
He said the crew tended to help out larger fire stations such as Henderson, Glen Eden and New Lynn and had done so with the recent flooding.
Waiatarua Fire Station looked after the top ends of West Coast Rd and Forest Hill Rd, as well as Scenic Drive from Shaw Rd to Te Henga Rd, Piha Rd, Karekare and Anawhata.