Brigade centennial is a roaring affair
It was a night of reminiscing and laughs at the Manunui Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Centennial and Honours night.
Held at the Manunui Club on Saturday, past and present members were acknowledged for their work and dedication.
Special guests; former fire chiefs Laurie Brown, John Schroeder and Louise O’reilly, were present to watch the brigade and honours awards being presented.
A special surprise of three Life Honourary Medals were presented to Senior Firefighter, Chris Capper, deputy chief fire officer, Kevin Shaw and former chief fire officer, Louise O’reilly.
Mayor Don Cameron said it was amazing that Taumarunui still had two fire brigades in operation and thanked them for their commitment to the community.
‘‘On behalf of the district you are actually heroes for us. It’s an incredible achievement.’’
Moe Kelly from the United Fire Brigades’ Association said it was a ‘‘great achievement’’ to have 14 members from the brigade who had served 25-years.
An award was presented to the brigade for its service to the community.
Former fire chief, Louise O’reilly said she enjoyed representing the Ruapehu District and saw many changes.
‘‘My experiences were hilarious and some extreme sadness but I’d like to say thank you to the members for the lifelong friendship.’’
Joining in 1967, former fire chief John Schroeder served 21-years at the Manunui Fire Brigade.
Transferring to Owhango Volunteer Fire Brigade, Schroeder has now completed 50-years service.
Former fire chef Laurie Brown, who served in 1969, said equipment and funding was scarce.
‘‘Most of us used to turn up with what we were wearing; we got wet, we got dirty, we went home and what ever happen will be.’’
Life Honorary Medals presented to SFF, Chris Capper, ex CFO, Louise O’reilly and DCFO, Kevin Shaw.