Brigade helps clean park af­ter tor­ren­tial rain

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The Toko­roa fire brigade do­nated their time to help the com­mu­nity af­ter heavy storms caused the park to be cov­ered in mud and bark re­cently.

The fire brigade was called to the scene when skater Evan Dick­in­son dis­cov­ered the mess.

Dick­in­son, who usu­ally takes a broom and sweeps away the mess, said this time the mess was too great.

Dick­in­son called a friend in the fire ser­vice and asked if a clean-up could be ar­ranged.

‘‘Within a few hours they had got a crew to­gether,’’ Dick­in­son said.

Chief fire fighter Dave Mor­ris turned up with a team that af­ter­noon to help clear away as much mess as they could.

He said the de­sign of the park was low to the ground and with all tor­ren­tial rain ear­lier this month, wa­ter washed bark onto the park and kids would have hurt them­selves.

‘‘We couldn’t clean it 100 per cent but made it safe.’’

He said it is all about help­ing the com­mu­nity and mak­ing the kids happy.

Dick­in­son said ‘‘It was amaz­ing and such a quick re­sponse’’.

‘‘The guys go a great job.’’

The Toko­roa Skate Park was cov­ered in mud af­ter re­cent storms.

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