Fire and Water

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, where there’s fire there better be water… This is story of Auckland’s first dependable water supply… one that firefighters could rely on to confront the flames...

Auckland’s Fire Towers and Bells

“The toll rang out its alarm of fire, a ruddy glare upon the sky… the bell on the New Zealand Insurance Company’s Building then took up the cry,  swelling to a chorus as other bells across the...

When Fire Chiefs were Scapegoats

It is unusual to dismiss a fire chief who couldn’t do his job because the equipment he was given was deficient. To discharge two chiefs within three years for the same reason is exceptional. In hind...

Junior Fire Lighters

On two occasions over the decades, in 1902 and 1927, Aucklanders have been rattled by a series of arsons and false alarms to the fire brigade, not knowing when and where the incendiarists would...

The Tale of Two Fire Chiefs

This is the unlikely story of two successive Wellington fire chiefs whose personal lives cost them their jobs. It was almost incredible that not one, but two, Superintendents resigned from the same...