QSM honours TK fire chief’s commitment

FIRE SERVICE QSM: Te Karaka fire chief Jamie Simpson has been awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in the New Year honours. He has led the township’s volunteer brigade for 17 years and been involved in many other community organisations. Picture by Liam Clayton

Close to 40 years service with Te Karaka volunteer fire brigade has been recognised in the New Year Honours, with Jamie Simpson awarded a Queen’s Service Medal.

Mr Simpson has been Chief Fire Officer in Te Karaka for 17 years.

“It is very humbling to have been recognised in this way,” he said.

“It’s really been a team effort, both with the fire brigade and community, and also with all the support I have received from my wife Kelly and sons Bryce and Ollie.”

Mr Simpson joined the fire brigade because his late parents Bruce and Val Simpson were members of the brigade in Te Karaka for 50 years between them.

“A lot of members of fire brigades like ours are family affairs.

“My son Bryce is also a member of the Te Karaka brigade.”

Mr Simpson joined the New Zealand Fire Service in 1982 and was a key driver for the acquisition of a mobile water tanker for the local brigade in 2014.

He has been a member of the Region Operation Committee for region 2 of the fire service, and was a member of the NZFS national volunteer recruitment and retention committee.

He has held various positions, including president and chairman of the East Coast sub-association of the United Fire Brigades Association.

He is a member of the Tairawhiti Area Chief Fire Officers Group and has filled various other roles in the community, including as a member of the Te Karaka Health Trust, and the town’s ambulance committee.

He chairs the Tu Ake Te Karaka community group and the Rangatira Scout Hall committee, is Gisborne Speedway Club vice-president and a Speedway NZ scrutineer, a past member of the Ormond School board of trustees, past board member of the local Motor Trade Association and coach of the Ngatapa Nippers rugby team.

“Most of the other things I have been involved in were because my family were involved,” Mr Simpson said.

“In a small township like Te Karaka there are things that have to be done, and someone has to do them.”

On top of his many community commitments, Mr Simpson runs his Te Karaka business, Simpson Automotive.

He recently received a Gisborne District Council Citizens Civic Award.

  • For the full, comprehensive New Year Honours list, click here.

Close to 40 years service with Te Karaka volunteer fire brigade has been recognised in the New Year Honours, with Jamie Simpson awarded a Queen’s Service Medal.

Mr Simpson has been Chief Fire Officer in Te Karaka for 17 years.

“It is very humbling to have been recognised in this way,” he said.

“It’s really been a team effort, both with the fire brigade and community, and also with all the support I have received from my wife Kelly and sons Bryce and Ollie.”

Mr Simpson joined the fire brigade because his late parents Bruce and Val Simpson were members of the brigade in Te Karaka for 50 years between them.

“A lot of members of fire brigades like ours are family affairs.

“My son Bryce is also a member of the Te Karaka brigade.”

Mr Simpson joined the New Zealand Fire Service in 1982 and was a key driver for the acquisition of a mobile water tanker for the local brigade in 2014.

He has been a member of the Region Operation Committee for region 2 of the fire service, and was a member of the NZFS national volunteer recruitment and retention committee.

He has held various positions, including president and chairman of the East Coast sub-association of the United Fire Brigades Association.

He is a member of the Tairawhiti Area Chief Fire Officers Group and has filled various other roles in the community, including as a member of the Te Karaka Health Trust, and the town’s ambulance committee.

He chairs the Tu Ake Te Karaka community group and the Rangatira Scout Hall committee, is Gisborne Speedway Club vice-president and a Speedway NZ scrutineer, a past member of the Ormond School board of trustees, past board member of the local Motor Trade Association and coach of the Ngatapa Nippers rugby team.

“Most of the other things I have been involved in were because my family were involved,” Mr Simpson said.

“In a small township like Te Karaka there are things that have to be done, and someone has to do them.”

On top of his many community commitments, Mr Simpson runs his Te Karaka business, Simpson Automotive.

He recently received a Gisborne District Council Citizens Civic Award.

  • For the full, comprehensive New Year Honours list, click here.
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