Most rural fires are detected by the general public or property owners. If you become aware of a fire:
- If you are in a building, get down, get low and get out
- dial 111 and ask for Fire.
- stay well clear of the fire. Do not go back into the building under any circumstances
- do not try and extinguish the fire
- send someone to the roadside to meet the emergency services.
The operator in the Fire and Emergency New Zealand control room will take all the necessary details and send the nearest Fire and Emergency New Zealand Brigade or Volunteer Rural Fire Force. They will then notify the Principal Rural Fire Officer of the Thames Valley Fire and Emergency New Zealand, who will respond with further fire crews if required.
The Thames Valley Fire and Emergency New Zealand is required by the Code of Practice to have certain equipment and trained personnel available and able to carry out fire suppression (put out the fire).