At last, a female driver for Tokoroa fire brigade
Do not be surprised if you see the fire truck in Tokoroa hurtling out of the station with a woman at the wheel because Tokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade has its first female driver in six decades.
Emily Fiddis passed a specialised driving course last month and her superiors could not be happier.
Tokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Dave Morris said: ‘‘ She is the first (female) driver that we have had here in 60 years of service.
‘‘From our perspective, I just think it’s great,’’ Mr Morris said. Other brigades had female firefighters, he said but Tokoroa had one who had progressed to become the town’s first female driver. ‘‘It is quite unique,’’ he said. The brigade has four female firefighters and Mr Morris hopes to put the other females through the same process.
The 25-year-old Fiddis has been a qualified firefighter for five years and had to complete the required driving course over two weekends in November.
‘‘The first weekend we were out in Mount Maunganui and we went for a drive around Whakatane, Kawerau, back to Rotorua and then back to the Mount ( Maunganui),’’ she said. ‘‘Basically we were just getting used to town and city driving. Then during the second weekend we went on a night drive. We also drove the back roads to Kawhia and Raglan, back to Hamilton and on a night drive to Tauranga.’’
She was the only female on the driving course.
Fiddis’s intention was clear, she wanted to prove that females could drive too.
‘‘Because I am a chick, I just wanted to show that I could do it. There is no limit to what we can do,’’ she said.
She has since been on her first drive to a fuel spill.
‘‘It was quite good because I pulled up (at the scene) and someone said ‘ it’s a lady driver’.’’
LEADING THE WAY: Tokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade firefighter Emily Fiddis is the first female driver for the brigade in 60 years.