About us

Lincoln is a small but rapidly growing rural village about 15km south east – or 20 minutes by car – from the city of Christchurch.

Lincoln with the Southern Alps behind. Photo taken from Banks Peninsula.

Lincoln with the Southern Alps behind. Photo taken from Banks Peninsula.

Lincoln was once a small, traditional country community based largely around servicing the surrounding farming community but has evolved to become home to a strong education, business and commerce sector. There has also been remarkable growth in population as more people shift to enjoy this beautiful area and the lifestyle opportunities it presents.

The permanent population of about 3000 rises dramatically during weekdays as staff and students arrive to attend Lincoln University and the Crown Research Institutes.

The Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade responds to about 350 diverse calls a year including house and structure fires, chemical spills, vegetation fires, MVAs (Motor Vehicle Accidents), medical calls such as heart attacks, strokes, farm and machinery accidents and yes, even animal rescues!

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Lincoln crew battling a structure fire

Major fire risks in our area include the Lincoln University which consists of a large number of high rise buildings, accommodation blocks and laboratories. Other risks include the numerous Crown Research Institutes, Lincoln High School, seven Primary Schools and a Maternity Hospital. We also assist our neighbouring Brigades at a number of prisons and industrial areas.

During the hot dry summer months we spend a large amount of time dealing with large-scale vegetation fires. Of course, our crews spent significant time in Lincoln,the surrounding areas and in the city of Christchurch dealing with the aftermath of the powerful earthquakes during 2010 and 2011.

To do all this requires significant resources and the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade currently operate modern, safe and economical appliances and equipment.

The reality of summer scrub fires - hot, dry, dusty and dirty work

The reality of summer scrub fires – hot, dry, dusty and dirty work

Membership consists of approximately 30 firefighters led by Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Jeremy Greenwood, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Roger McLenaghen and several Officers.

We work closely with surrounding Volunteer Fire Brigades such as Rolleston, Little River, Leeston, Dunsandel and Southbridge and we often get called into the city of Christchurch to support paid Fire Service crews on large jobs.