Brigade will celebrate 100 years service
The Manunui Fire Brigade will celebrate 100 years of service to the community at a special centennial and honours weekend at the end of the month.
The special occasion will see officials from the United Fire Brigades’ Association, Fire and Emergency NZ including National MP Ian Mckelvie and Mayor Don Cameron mark the special event. It will be a chance for past and present members to catch up including former Chief Fire Officers, John Schroeder, Laurie Brown and Louise O’reilley. Chief Fire Officer, Trevor Hardisty said the incentive to start a brigade was started when the Manunui township got their own water supply. The first gathering will be held at the brigade on Friday, October 27 with the main celebration held at the Manunui Club the next day. This will include an Open Day from 10am-2pm. Sunday will end with a farewell breakfast. It has been four years since the brigade has held a Service Honours night for it’s members. CFO Hardisty and Qualified Firefighter, Dave Allen will be awarded for 21 years’ service with the Long Service and Good Conduct 1st Clasp. Operational certificates will go to QFF’S Kevin Jensen and Jana Reynolds. Two gold bars will be awarded to the longest serving members, Chris Capper and Kevin Shaw for 29-years service. Many more awards will be given on the night to recognise the dedication of its members. CFO Hardisty was asked by former CFO Laurie Brown to join in 1993 after working for 20-years driving the ambulance for St John in Taumarunui. A sense of helping the community and camaraderie has kept him volunteering for a number of years. The brigade have their own ‘‘patch’’ attending callouts all the way to Piriaka.
‘‘You've got to recognise them and it's something special.’’
They also give backup to Taumarunui and Owhango brigades. Now under Fire and Emergency NZ, CFO Hardisty said it was business as usual. Serving for 12 years as Chief Fire Officer, Hardisty has seen a lot of changes from Health and Safety,equipment to operational support. He said the future of the brigade looked good after they receivedc $70,000 to renovate the kitchen including wheelchair access to the toilet and shower. There are currently 9 staff and anyone interested in joining can contact the brigade.
QFF Dave Allen and CFO Trevor Hardisty will be awarded for 21-years of service to the Manunui Fire Brigade.
Original members of the Manunui Fire Brigade.