Ten fit volunteers sought
Tokoroa firefighters are looking for 10 good keen men, or women.
The brigade is seeking new volunteers to fill 10 positions in its ranks.
Chief fire officer Ian Wellings said he was after those who were ‘‘keen, fit and are willing to help others in the community’’.
Recruits must be at least 16, though Mr Wellings prefers people who are over 18, and have a driver’s licence.
Mr Wellings said the brigade was not under-manned and was more than capable of responding to emergencies. However there was a natural attrition amongst firefighters and he was looking for new volunteers.
Recruits attend a seven-day course on basic skills, first aid and using breathing apparatus. They will also be required to attend weekly training at the station on Monday nights.
Mr Wellings said the Tokoroa brigade answers more than 200 calls a year ranging from assisting ambulance crews to car accidents and house fires. The brigade was formed in 1947.
There are also roles for those wanting to help the brigade but who do not want to become firefighters. Mr Wellings said support staff helped the brigade with work inside the station and in roles such as controlling traffic at call outs.
Being involved in the brigade was rewarding he said, volunteers met many new friends, developed new skills and gained unforgettable experiences.
Prospective recruits can contact Mr Wellings on 021 272 6967 or call in to the fire station at 7pm on Mondays. Residents in other South Waikato towns can contact their brigade if interested in volunteering.
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