It been a busy month for members of the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade.
The local team welcomed two more fully qualified firefighters to its ranks after they graduated from the Fire Services recruit course programme at the national training centre in Rotorua, 3-10 March.
Local Firefighters Emily Abbot and Melinda Coleman supported by members of the brigade began preparing themselves for the course last November. They both gained a great deal from their experiences. On personal reflections, Melinda felt she had achieved beyond her expectations and had gained a great deal of confidence as a result. She thought the real highlight of the programme was meeting other recruits from other parts of New Zealand then sharing the feeling of strong comaraderie that developed within the team.
Emily enjoyed solidifying local knowledge through the various exercises held at the Rotorua facility.
Local Firefighters Bradley Aldridge and Robert Brown travelled to Alexandra last week to compete in the “Firefighters Combat Challenge” event hosted by the United Fire Brigades Association of New Zealand. The combat challenge is an international event with a reputation for being the “toughest 2 minutes in sport”. Both members have qualified to compete in the “National Qualifiers” to be held on the Wellington waterfront in May.
The brigade congratulates these members on their achievements.
Bill Butzbach Chief Fire Officer Martinborough Fire District