Fires trump school­books

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

She splits her day jug­gling English as­sign­ments and at­tend­ing the scenes of mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents.

At 16, Ni­cole Davey is one of few fe­male vol­un­teers at Pu­taruru Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade and the youngest fire­fighter in the unit.

The year 12 stu­dent has been vol­un­teer­ing since Novem­ber last year.

‘‘I have al­ways wanted to join up. I like to help out with the community. My un­cle ( Colin Davey) is in it as well,’’ she said.

There are about seven fe­male fire­fight­ers.

Ni­cole loves the ex­pe­ri­ence and com­rade­ship.

‘‘It has been good. They are easy to get along with,’’ she said.

‘‘ You get a lot out of it – es­pe­cially the team­work.

‘‘You feel like you are do­ing things for the community and know that you are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.’’

With the job comes the re­spon­si­bil­ity of at­tend­ing each call-out, which means Ni­cole has to leave Pu­taruru Col­lege dur­ing schools hours.

‘‘It is good of the school,’’ she said.

Ni­cole trains ev­ery Mon­day night and said the work can be chal­leng­ing.

‘‘I am not al­ways up the front where ev­ery­thing hap­pens but some­times you are and you need that strong team. They will al­ways tell me that if I don’t want to see a par­tic­u­lar scene, to just yell at them and they will put you back.

‘‘Like if it is a car ac­ci­dent and you don’t want to be up the front. Be­cause usu­ally I am do­ing the traf­fic sides of things,’’ she said.

BUCK­ING THE TREND: Pu­taruru’s Ni­cole Davey is one of few fe­male vol­un­teers at Pu­taruru Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade and the youngest in the en­tire unit.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.