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Fire Brigade service recognised

December 19, 2018 December 2019 No Comments

This month has seen us honouring the service given by our members as volunteers helping our community. and the promotion of our Station Officer Jake Hawkins to Deputy Chief Fire Officer of the Brigade.

A very special Honours Awards Evening was held in early November, firstly to acknowledge the service given by members, 3 year Service Certificates to John Mansell (the Brigade Secretary and Matt McQuaid, 5 Year Medals to Zoe Sinclair, Callam Tannant and additional 2 year bars to recognise Andy Stuart, Wayne Thomas and Gary Jackson.

After our dinner we then moved on to the most special part of our awards night, the Gold Star Medal presentation to SO Peter Fisher recognising over 25 years of Service to  Fire and Emergency (formerly the NZ Fire Service) and our Community. Pete started his service in Porirua and was actually a Fire Service “Brat” as the children of Firefighters were called back then. Following in the footsteps of both his Grandfather and Father, Pete joined Porirua Volunteer Brigade before he transferred to Martinborough, where he has remained ever since. 

Pete’s award was made all the more special with a departure from tradition by having his father, himself a Gold Star receipient, present and pin Peters Gold Star Medal on him, which was followed by presentations to Peters partner Frieda acknowledging her support, Fire and Emergency NZ,  the Gold Star Association and South Wairarapa District Council.

The first Gold Star presentation was in 1891 there have been less than 7,500 Gold Stars presented since. This recognised as a milestone in any Firefighters Service.

If you are interested in serving your community please don’t hestiate to come down on a Tuesday night at 7 pm and say hello.

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