Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Arrowtown has an urban fire brigade and a rural fire force. Both are based at the fire station in Hertford Street and there is a great deal of crossover between the two in terms of membership, governance and training.
Arrowtown Volunteer Fire Brigade
Arrowtown's urban brigade has a wide range of responsibilities over a patch extending from Hunter Road to the Victoria Bridge, including firefighting, attending motor vehicle collisions and community education. The brigade is the only First Response brigade in the Queenstown Lakes District. This means members have a higher level of medical training and, working alongside St John Ambulance, attend many more medical emergencies than other brigades.
The brigade has about 25 volunteer members. It has a Type 2 pump appliance and runs the Wakatipu Voluntary Rural Fire Force 4WD ute as a medical response unit.
Wakatipu Voluntary Rural Fire Force
WVRFF is responsible for fighting vegetation fires outside built-up areas. It can be called out to fires anywhere in the region. About 20 volunteer members, most of them also in the AVFB, have the use of three vehicles: a 4WD ute, a mid-size rural pump appliance and a water tanker.