Bri­gade will cel­e­brate 100 years ser­vice

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

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