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Waiatarua Volunteer Fire Brigade

Celebration and Honours

In June we held our Fire Brigade Honours celebration. Our Chief Fire Officer Kevin Healy received his 25 Year Gold Star and Deputy Chief Ian Ford received two gold bars to his Gold Star in recognition of 35 and 37 years of service to the Waiatarua Brigade. Station Officer Steve Smith received two silver bars for 19 and 21 years service.

Kevin has been part of the Waiatarua Community since the 1990s. During this time he has been a part of the Drama Group, Residents & Ratepayers and as an elected member of the Waitakere Community Board. His involvement with the Fire Brigade started in 1995 when the Brigade was looking to put on a play, written by Tony Holt, to fundraise for the new Fire Station (still to be built at that point).

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Fire Brigade News

Greetings again from the Waiatarua Volunteer Fire Brigade Crew. Firstly, congratulations to Dave Anderson who has completed his Qualified Fire Fighters course with flying colours.

It has been a quiet month for call outs, but we did have a crew in attendance at the Henderson Countdown Fire.

In preparation for winter and increased use of fires and heaters, why not have a look at this great online resource to help plan your home emergency escape – https://www.escapemyhouse.co.nz/.

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Supporting Your Community

Stair training
Stair training Upper Nihotupu Dam

There is an Autumn feeling to the air, signalling the change of season, which is a great time to remind everyone to check their smoke detectors, or if you don’t have any to stress how important they are in saving lives.  In the Healy household we recently upgraded our smoke detectors to ones that talked to each other wirelessly, which had the bonus of an afternoon’s entertainment with one of us up a ladder pressing the test button while the other ran round the house to see if they really were talking to each other.

By the time you read this the Brigade would have attended the Oratia School Fair on the 27th March with a couple of the fun FENZ educational trailers.

Also getting out in the community are several of our Brigade Members who are training for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge.  The challenge raises money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.  They will be climbing 1,103 steps across 51 flights wearing 25kgs of structural fire fighting gear.  You may spot them training out at the Nihotupu Dam.

The Challenge takes place on 22nd May 2021, if you would like to support the team please visit:

https://firefighterschallenge.org.nz/garethwilson

https://firefighterschallenge.org.nz/jacob-moolman

https://firefighterschallenge.org.nz/lorna-biggam

Thank you to Watercare for supporting the team by allowing access to their stairs for training.

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