Fire crews fan­tas­tic

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

Through your pa­per we would like to ex­press our thanks to the fire crews and water tankers from Mata­mata, Ti­rau and Mor­rinsville who at­tended the fire at our prop­erty last week.

The hours of prac­tice that our lo­cal fire­men put in was ev­i­dent as they speed­ily ar­rived and then ef­fi­ciently worked to­gether at the scene.

Re­spond­ing to a call­out from about 1am un­til 4am and then hav­ing to go to work as usual a few hours later shows a com­mit­ment which can only be ad­mired. We ap­pre­ci­ated their ef­forts to save the barn and con­tents, es­pe­cially as when we ar­rived it was im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous that our fire ex­tin­guisher was go­ing to be like an Aussie sup­porter at a World Cup fi­nal, it looked the goods but was com­pletely un­der­pow­ered and over­whelmed.

We may have lost a build­ing and some ma­chin­ery but they can be re­placed. We have had calls of­fer­ing help from the lo­cal and wider farm­ing net­work which have re­in­forced our be­lief that be­ing part of a ru­ral com­mu­nity is un­doubt­edly the best place to be.

Thanks again to the fire crews in­volved – we re­ally, re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated your ef­forts.

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