Time for firefighters of future to step up

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Maniototo fire brigadesĀ are encouraging potential new members to come forward to help cover shifts.

Ranfurly chief fire officer James Hazlett said both the Ranfurly and Naseby stations were looking for another two or three volunteers.

People able to cover day shifts in particular would be a big help, he said.

Volunteers would be required to put in about eight hours’ training each month.

Employers were also recognised for supporting volunteers, he said.

Callouts varied, as both Maniototo brigades were first responders to all emergencies except medical situations, unless it was a cardiac emergency or the team was requested by St John.

“It is a real mix. Firefighting, like house fires and that, are probably gone compared to what it was years ago.

“A lot of it now depends which brigade you are [in].”

He encouraged anyone interested to contact their nearest brigade to learn more and meet the crew.

“It’s confidential if they want to apply … if they want to come along and meet the brigade, see what’s going on and see if it’s for them, then most definitely.”

One of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering was the ability to give back to the community, he said.

“That’s the main thing, I think, your community involvement.

“A lot of people get enjoyment from being involved in a group.

Much of the training was NZQA standards-based which volunteers could add to their CVs, he said.

Anyone interested in learning more can contact James Hazlett at the Ranfurly station on 027 274-0088 or Rodger Murphy at the Naseby station, 021 831-212.