Welcome to the Wairarapa Rural Fire District

Welcome to the site for the Wairarapa Rural Fire District (WRFD). The WRFD is an enlarged rural fire authority which was formed 1 December 2004 with the fire management amalgamation of three district councils and DOC.

The WRFD is one of the largest Fire Authorities in the North Island, covering 593,624 hectares. It is responsible for all rural fire management, prevention, and suppression in the Wairarapa. On average the WRFD responds annually to more than 200 notifications during ‘non-drought’ years.

The WRFD currently has eight Volunteer Rural Fire Forces that are located throughout the district at Castlepoint, Tinui, Riversdale Beach, Mauriceville, Wainuioru, Tora, Ngawi, & Lake Ferry. These Volunteer Rural Fire Forces are well trained and resourced to enable them to effectively respond to and manage various fire incidents that may occur anywhere within the district.

A large number of people volunteer their time to ensure that their community, and our district, remains a safe and vibrant place to live. But due to the transient nature of the employment forces in these areas the WRFD is always keen to talk to people interested in joining the crews at one of the above forces.

Mission Statement

Provide the level of forest and rural fire management service appropriate to the risks and needs of the rural community in the Wairarapa regions.

Latest News

Ports Hills Complex Fire Christchurch

Rob and Grant from WRFD were deployed to assist the incident management team at the Port Hills fire on Thursday 23rd February for seven days

Rob was attached as Air Attack Supervisor looking after the five helicopters on site and their tasking, while Grant was attached to the management team as Situation Unit Leader, looking after the Incident Action plans, mapping, forward planning, management support and weather forecasting personnel.

The Port Hills fire covered 1819 hectares, the perimeter is over 35 kilometres long, nine houses were destroyed, two damaged. There were also other infrastructure damage and loss of livestock.

27/2/17 Day 15 of the fire and there are over 23 crews on the fire ground with extra supervisory personnel and contactors, more than 150 on the fire ground alone.

28/2/17 Day 16, Good news story, two donkeys missing since the fire started were located today eating lavender at the old nunnery. Down to 22 crews plus extras on the fire line, still a large amount of work to do in a number of sectors with nightly drone flights picking up hot spots across the fire ground