With major risks such as Auckland International Airport (with over 137,000 aircraft movements annually); the largest wharf facilities and container port in the country; and protected buildings at an estimated $100 billion in value, Region 1 operates a fleet of modern appliances complemented by state of the art technology and expertise.
The region has shown exceptional growth in recent decades. An increase in population with the corresponding urban sprawl continues. For decades Auckland's urban sprawl has forced new housing onto the fringes of long established suburbs, created satellite cities and town centres. This is continuing, but with change that the Auckland Fire Service has recognised and is adapting to. Fifty two stations cover the region staffed by an even mix of both paid and volunteer firefighters, about 1200 in total. With a population of over 1.3 million, one third of the country's total, and growing by some 25,000 each year, the region has the most brigade movements nationally. It responds to over 7,000 calls per year, and is home to the country's busiest fire station, Auckland City.
A volunteer unit which, in community service, assists firefighters and others at emergency scenes. A very busy unit, we strive for professionalism and enjoy serving in these ways. Our unit's been around for more than sixty years and we're proud of it. You'll find us a friendly bunch.
Auckland Operational Support
The Auckland Operational Support provides a true voluntary community service. Its members get no payment for expenses incurred or time spent at emergencies. The unit is the biggest volunteer fire brigade or unit in New Zealand with a membership of 60.
Under the command of a chief fire officer, it is a defined brigade, part of the New Zealand Fire Service Region 1 resources. The unit primarily serves the greater Auckland area from Albany in the north to Pokeno in the south, but members respond further afield if required. The unit turns out to all emergencies (with a few exceptions) that the Auckland Fire Service attends.
Members of the unit are men and women from many walks of life and full-time occupations who are willing, when available, to respond to assist fire brigades around the clock, seven days a week.