Call for more fire volunteers

JOIN US: A series of informal get-togethers will be held at the region’s 19 fire stations for two hours on Monday night as part of an initiative to attract more volunteers into Fire and Emergency NZ. Te Puia Springs fire volunteers Rose Tuhura (left) and daughters Jamie Walsh and Ru Tuhura-Walsh are a perfect example of voluntary service to the community. Picture supplied
Andrew Shelton

Fire and Emergency NZ is holding a series of get-togethers across the district on Monday night to boost its volunteer ranks.

The aim is to make people in small rural townships more aware of the role their fire and emergency volunteers play, and how they can contribute.

“Our intention with these informal get-togethers, which will include barbecues and refreshments, is to attract more volunteers,” said principal rural fire officer Ray Dever.

“We constantly need to keep adding to the people resource we have to continue to provide the very best service we can and to make our communities more resilient.”

“Assisting our communities to be more resilient allows Fire and Emergency NZ to be involved and play a greater part through preparedness before the event rather than the clean-up at the other end,” said Tairawhiti area commander Charlie Turei.

A letter went out to rural communities from Waihau Bay to Wairoa, encouraging people to attend the functions on Monday from 6pm to 8pm.

Fire stations will be open at Wairoa, Mahia, Nuhaka, Tiniroto, Manutuke, Gisborne, Makaraka, Patutahi, Te Karaka, Whatatutu, Matawai, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay, Te Puia Springs, Ruatoria, Tikitiki, Te Araroa, Hicks Bay and Waihau Bay.

“They want to talk about volunteering with their communities and let everyone know that there is more to Fire and Emergency NZ than just fighting fires.

“We need people from all walks of life, all cultures, ages, educational backgrounds and skills.”

Mr Dever said if people are looking for a new challenge, learning new life skills, getting fit, or just making new friends, they should head along on Monday night.

“Perhaps they want to find new ways to give back to their communities.”

Mr Turei said fire stations played an important role in keeping their community safe.

“We’re looking for more local residents to join our teams because we are stronger if our team reflects the communities that they serve.

“Extensive training will be provided to ensure the new volunteers can save lives and respond to emergencies while getting home safe and well.”

Interested people can also register online at www.fireandemergency.nz/volunteer.

Fire and Emergency NZ attends around 900 incidents across Tairawhiti each year.

Fire and Emergency NZ is holding a series of get-togethers across the district on Monday night to boost its volunteer ranks.

The aim is to make people in small rural townships more aware of the role their fire and emergency volunteers play, and how they can contribute.

“Our intention with these informal get-togethers, which will include barbecues and refreshments, is to attract more volunteers,” said principal rural fire officer Ray Dever.

“We constantly need to keep adding to the people resource we have to continue to provide the very best service we can and to make our communities more resilient.”

“Assisting our communities to be more resilient allows Fire and Emergency NZ to be involved and play a greater part through preparedness before the event rather than the clean-up at the other end,” said Tairawhiti area commander Charlie Turei.

A letter went out to rural communities from Waihau Bay to Wairoa, encouraging people to attend the functions on Monday from 6pm to 8pm.

Fire stations will be open at Wairoa, Mahia, Nuhaka, Tiniroto, Manutuke, Gisborne, Makaraka, Patutahi, Te Karaka, Whatatutu, Matawai, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay, Te Puia Springs, Ruatoria, Tikitiki, Te Araroa, Hicks Bay and Waihau Bay.

“They want to talk about volunteering with their communities and let everyone know that there is more to Fire and Emergency NZ than just fighting fires.

“We need people from all walks of life, all cultures, ages, educational backgrounds and skills.”

Mr Dever said if people are looking for a new challenge, learning new life skills, getting fit, or just making new friends, they should head along on Monday night.

“Perhaps they want to find new ways to give back to their communities.”

Mr Turei said fire stations played an important role in keeping their community safe.

“We’re looking for more local residents to join our teams because we are stronger if our team reflects the communities that they serve.

“Extensive training will be provided to ensure the new volunteers can save lives and respond to emergencies while getting home safe and well.”

Interested people can also register online at www.fireandemergency.nz/volunteer.

Fire and Emergency NZ attends around 900 incidents across Tairawhiti each year.

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