Fire­fighter joins il­lus­tri­ous group

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Garry Stan­ley is not the type of man who goes around with a speaker phone an­nounc­ing his spe­cial achieve­ments to the world.

But there is one thing about Mr Stan­ley that is un­de­ni­able – he is ex­tremely proud to be from Mata­mata.

The Mata­mata-pi­ako district coun­cil­lor has been ap­pointed the pa­tron of the United Fire Bri­gades As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand – a pres­ti­gious po­si­tion which is sig­nif­i­cant for many dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

Mr Stan­ley is the first per­son from Mata­mata to be se­lected for this role and he is the first vol­un­teer fire fighter to be given the hon­our. He was a mem­ber of the Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade for 26 years and chief for 15 of those years.

He is only the sixth per­son in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s his­tory to be ap­pointed pa­tron fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of C A Os­borne, Sir Arthur Harper, Thomas Arthur Var­ley, Brian Hy­land and Em­rys Evans.

‘‘When I look at our pre­vi­ous pa­trons, I am very hum­ble to be fol­low­ing such a pres­ti­gious group,’’ he said.

Mr Stan­ley has been in­volved with the as­so­ci­a­tion than 30 years.

He was con­fer­ence sec­re­tary for the 1973 com­pe­ti­tions and con­fer­ence held in Mata­mata.

In 1983, he was elected on to the old Ac­ci­dent As­sur­ance So­ci­ety ex­ec­u­tive and was as­soci-

for more ation pres­i­dent in 1988/89.

With the sup­port of the as­so­ci­a­tion and mem­ber bri­gades he was also ap­pointed by the Min­is­ter of In­ter­nal Af­fairs to be a mem­ber of the New Zealand Fire Ser­vice Com­mis­sion from 1989 to 1993. Once again Mr Stan­ley was the first vol­un­teer fire fighter to be ap­pointed a fire com­mis­sioner.

Mr Stan­ley is ex­cited to be tak­ing on the po­si­tion and feels proud to be recog­nised in this way. ‘‘I will cher­ish this op­por­tu­nity,’’ he said.

Mata­mata and proud: Garry Stan­ley is the Pa­tron of the United Fire Bri­gades As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand.

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