Firefighter joins illustrious group
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.