About The Fire Unit

The Lake Tarawera Fire Brigade has been operating since 1984. In 1994 it came under the Rotorua District Council, and from 2017 all rural fire groups in the country came under the FENZ (Fire and Emergency NZ) umbrella. The fire unit are fully funded by them.


Located 20 minutes from Rotorua City, our responsibility is to provide a first response to emergencies (fire, medical, road, etc) in our local area. As a volunteer station, backup is always provided from Rotorua Station and other volunteer brigades.


  • Fire truck with high pressure pump, 2000 litre water tank and portable pump.
  • 4WD ute with portable pump and associated equipment.

Both vehicles can work independently if needed. Water supplies sourced from lake or water tanks.


Training nights – Wednesday 7.00 pm. Volunteers 16 years and over are welcome. All uniforms are provided.

FENZ provide our crews with many training opportunities and there is a huge variety of theory and practical courses available. A number are compulsory, eg. Health and Safety, basic pump and water equipment training, first aid, radio use etc, but you can also choose from a wide selection. Most courses are held at the National Training Centre in Rotorua or at other stations.


Our crews also go out of the area to assist with minor fires and controlled burnoffs for land owners.


Fully trained volunteers may have opportunities to go on deployment, eg. large fire incidents elsewhere in the country or overseas. These events provide an excellent opportunity to practise all the skills learnt on courses.


There are year-round fire restrictions in the Lake Tarawera area – go to checkitsalright.nz to see if you require a permit.


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