Quar­ter of a cen­tury fight­ing fires

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JAMES GREEN­LAND

Fight­ing fires and pro­vid­ing med­i­cal aid is all part of the job for Bill Neate.

The vol­un­teer fire­fighter was hon­oured for 25 years ser­vice with the Ti­tahi Bay Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade at the week­end.

He re­ceived a medal from the United Fire Bri­gades’ As­so­ci­a­tion, be­com­ing a mem­ber of its Gold Star group at an award cer­e­mony on Satur­day night.

Among the 100 in­vited guests were Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett, Mana MP Kris Faafoi and list MP Hekia Parata.

Mr Neate was also made a life mem­ber of the Ti­tahi Bay brigade, join­ing their six other Gold Star re­cip­i­ents.

Se­nior Sta­tion Of­fi­cer Neate joined the brigade af­ter em­i­grat­ing from the UK with his wife more than 25 years ago. He says it was a great way to meet peo­ple, many whom he now calls life­long friends.

‘‘We have a good so­cial side. I en­joy the ca­ma­raderie.’’

The brigade has re­sponded to about 9000 call- outs in Mr Neate’s 25 years, from house fires and car ac­ci­dents to med­i­cal emer­gen­cies.

‘‘I love this place, and I like help­ing the com­mu­nity’’, he says. ‘‘We gen­er­ally know the peo­ple, which some­times can be a lit­tle bit harder. But we are just do­ing our job.’’

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