Two for the team

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata’s chief fire of­fi­cer Kevin Cur­tis is ‘‘bloody proud’’ of the two fire­fight­ers awarded sta­tion ac­co­lades this year.

Marty Prescott was pre­sented with the H A Vin­cent Me­mo­rial Fire­fighter of the Year Tro­phy as well as the CFO Brian Hunter QSM Tro­phy for best at­ten­dance.

Heather Cof­fey was awarded the Peter Bromell Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for best team player.

Mr Prescott joined the Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade coming up 20 years ago and was Fire­fighter of the Year in 1997.

‘‘I was sur­prised to get it for a sec­ond time, I thought there were a few other guys that could have got it,’’ he said.

A man­ager at Reid and Har­ri­son, Mr Prescott said he was not sure why he be­came a fire­fighter, ex­cept that the sta­tion was next door to his work and it seemed like ‘‘good fun’’.

Mr Cur­tis said Fire­fighter of the Year was given to a team mem­ber who showed con­sis­tency at in­ci­dents and led from the front.

‘‘ Marty shows ded­i­ca­tion, a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and is al­ways help­ing out oth­ers,’’ he said

Ms Cof­fey, a trainer at Mata- mata Sports Cen­tre, be­came a fire­fighter 18 months ago and said she was ‘‘taken aback’’ with the level of com­mit­ment shown by the team.

‘‘It’s really in­spi­ra­tional work­ing with the other guys,’’ she said. ‘‘Ev­ery­one just chips in and gets stuff done.’’

Mr Cur­tis said Ms Cof­fey was one of those team mem­bers ‘‘al­ways, al­ways there’’ and will­ing to help out.

‘‘If any­one asks for some­thing to be done, she al­ways puts her hand up,’’ he said. ‘‘Both Marty and Heather are really, really good peo­ple and I’m bloody proud to have them on my team.’’

Top team mem­bers: Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Bri­gade best team player Heather Cof­fey, and Fire­fighter of the Year and best at­ten­dance win­ner Marty Prescott.

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