Vet nurse putting out fires
Who do you call when a stray horse gets stuck in a stream?
Volunteer firefighter Bex Lawrence.
The 28-year-old is equipped with more rescue skills than most as a trained vet nurse.
‘‘I’m often the first one they call,’’ says Ms Lawrence, who prepares animals for surgery and monitors anaesthetics at her local veterinary clinic. She finds it rewarding to be on call for emergencies during the working day. ‘‘I get the best of both worlds.’’ She admits it is never easy going to traumatic crashes.
‘‘I’ve always been quite good at putting a different head on.
‘‘You’re there to do your job and you can’t really let it sink in otherwise it would just affect you too much.’’
Ms Lawrence joined the volunteer brigade in Whangarei as an 18-year-old school leaver.
She transferred to Kumeu in 2011 when she took up vet nursing and thrives on ‘‘being out there in the community.
‘‘I like riding on the truck, being able to help people, the camaraderie of the brigade, learning new skills that you’d normally never learn.’’
Ms Lawrence has learned to drive class two trucks and says the firefighters are like a second family.