Sta­tion ready for ac­tion with new ute

Hauraki-Coromandel Post - - News - Re­becca Mauger

Vol­un­teers can now ac­cess places which are harder to ne­go­ti­ate.

Mayor View Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade have a brand new ute for their Athen­ree sta­tion. The com­bined fire bri­gade (Waihi Beach and Athen­ree) has pur­chased a new Holden Colorado 2020 thanks to funds raised and lo­cal spon­sors. The ute re­places the old util­ity ve­hi­cle.

Mayor View Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade trea­surer Jim Poo­ley says most brigades re­quire a sup­port ve­hi­cle. They’re es­pe­cially handy in ar­eas like ours, he says.

“Vol­un­teers can ac­cess places which are harder to ne­go­ti­ate such as life­style blocks, or­chards and the beach — places typ­i­cal of ours.

“Utes are used for things such as med­i­cal re­sponses and it can carry ex­tra gear for ac­ci­dents and scene safety.”

Jim says fire en­gines have to be driven by some­one who can drive a truck but most peo­ple can drive a ute.

The ute will also be used for train­ing nights and gen­eral mov­ing around.

The bri­gade has worked hard rais­ing funds for the ute which is also partly funded thanks to LJ Hooker Waihi Beach, Athen­ree Hot Springs and Hol­i­day Park and the Har­wood fam­ily, Jim says.

Mayor View Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade has a new ute to help bet­ter serve the com­mu­nity. Pic­tured is Gary Al­way, Paul Tucker and Peter Church.

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