Coastal News - - News - By NIGEL AIREY Chief Fire Of­fi­cer

Last week the bri­gade re­sponded to a mi­nor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent on Port Rd which re­quired scene safety and pa­tient as­sess­ment.

On Satur­day our fire ute trav­elled out and pro­vided first aid cov­er­age dur­ing a na­tional en­duro mo­tor­cy­cle event in the lo­cal for­est. The day had no in­ci­dents to at­tend to which was good con­sid­er­ing the wet con­di­tions en­coun­tered.

Dur­ing July the bri­gade recog­nised sev­eral mem­bers at a hon­ours night held at the sta­tion. Sev­eral per­son­nel re­ceived recog­ni­tion for the ef­forts and the years of ser­vice given to Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand. Guests in­cluded life honorary mem­bers, ex mem­bers, fam­i­lies and sev­eral other emer­gency ser­vices.

This year’s awards went to — FF Barry Romero 3 year Cer­tifi­cate; FF Wil­liam Mor­ri­son 3 year Cer­tifi­cate; FF Andy Robert­son 5 year Medal; OS Dave Ryan 2 year sil­ver bar 9 years; FF Dave Artz 2 year sil­ver bar 11 years; CFO Nigel Airey 2 year sil­ver bar 15 years; SO OS Ralph Pitcher 2 year sil­ver bar. 52 years; Adam Di­a­mond Long Ser­vice Good Con­duct Medal and the Life Honorary award. Nigel Airey Long Ser­vice Good Con­duct Medal and Life Honorary award.

Great achieve­ments all around and a stag­ger­ing com­bined to­tal of years serv­ing the com­mu­nity.

As I have said be­fore, our dis­trict would sim­ply not func­tion if it wasn’t for all those who vol­un­teer in all the dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions, clubs and groups through­out town.

Wish­ing you a safe week.

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