Loss of fire engine no cause for alarm

A tree fell on top of it during severe winds

Last updated 05:00 23/07/2013
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Brent May checks out the damage done to the Oakura fire engine during a recent storm.

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Oakura residents are being reassured the town's fire brigade will respond to emergencies despite its only engine being out of action.

The seaside town's fire engine was damaged when a tree fell on top of it during severe winds this month.

A replacement engine has been stationed in Oakura while repairs are made at New Plymouth's Carpainters Panel and Paint.

Taranaki area manager John Nicholls said the vehicles were custom-made for the Fire Service and the windscreen needed to be especially made.

"It's being assessed and maybe repaired," Mr Nicholls said.

"We are extremely hopeful that that is what will happen."

Insurance would cover the cost of the repairs and Mr Nicholls said the relief appliance would remain at Oakura until the engine is fixed.

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- Taranaki Daily News


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