Akaroa Volunteer Fire Brigade was originally formed in 1877. Today it covers the area from Pigeon Bay Hilltop and includes the bays and country side around the harbour to Lands End. Due to the relative isolation and the increase in visitors to the area, the Brigade became a medical first response unit in 1979. The Brigade has an establishment of 20 firefighters. Some members of the Brigade have served their local community for many years.
Akaroa Volunteer Fire Brigade is located in the picturesque and popular township of Akaroa on Canterbury's Banks Peninsula. Built on the remains of an extinct volcano, Akaroa was originally settled by the French in 1840. Many of the older buildings and street names reflect this influence and there are still descendants of the original French families living in Akaroa. It is known for it's harbour, walking tracks, beaches, winery and various historical places of interest, including the Old French Cemetery which was the first consecrated burial ground in Canterbury.