Two for the team
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.