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A second rotation of firefighters from the Wellington region have arrived in Central Hawke's Bay to assist local fire crews.

The first firefighters arrived in the middle of last week after a number of large vegetation fires kept local fire brigades busy.

Hawke's Bay Area Fire Commander Ken Cooper said the aim was to give local firefighters rest and support, with the Wellington crews also doing some response and community work.


Some 1500 people attended an open day at the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter service yesterday.

All emergency services were represented at the open day.

Ian Wilmot, who is the general manager for the Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust, said the public got to explore the helicopter and meet the crew.

He said firefighters simulated a rescue using the Jaws of Life, and a St John Ambulance crew showed how their patient transfer vehicle works.

The Police dog squad, a land rescue team and the Hawke's Bay District Health Board flight team were also on hand.

Mr Wilmot said it was a great opportunity for the other services to demonstrate exactly what they do.


The Tararua District is moving to a Prohibited Fire Season from this morning.

Fire & Emergency NZ says the total fire ban encompasses all urban, rural and coastal areas.

Principal Rural Fire Officer for the Wairarapa/Tararua District, Nick Pyatt, says any permits issued during a Restricted Fire Season are now suspended.