Ten fit vol­un­teers sought

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

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.

WANT TO HELP?: Toko­roa’s vol­un­teer fire bri­gade is look­ing for vol­un­teers to join the likes of Emily Fid­dis.

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