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Meet your new firefighter

November 21, 2018 November 2018 No Comments

 I have recently moved to Martinborough with my wife Donna, and our daughter Abigail. I have transferred into the Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade (MVFB) from the Devonport Volunteer Fire Brigade on the North Shore of Auckland. 

I grew up in Kapiti and have been visiting Martinborough for years so when the opportunity to move here presented itself, we took it. I joined the former New Zealand Fire Service (now Fire and Emergency NZ – FENZ) back in 2009 and have been firefighting on and off as my 13.5 years career with the Navy has allowed. 

I joined because I wanted to give back to the community in a fun, challenging and exciting way. It’s been an eye opening experience coming to a small town brigade from a big city. The scope of work that the MVFB does is so much broader; car accidents, fires, rescues and medical incidents just to name a few. We also have a massive response area including Lake Ferry, Kahutara, Ngawi and Tora, and because we are further away, it can take some time for other brigades, ambulances and police to get to us and help.     

This provides us some real challenges and means we have to keep on top of all our practical skills, as we could for example, be your medical first responder until an ambulance arrives.  It’s a great group of people in the MVFB and if you are interested in volunteering, please come down to the station on Tuesday nights at 06:50pm and see what it’s all about. If you have an emergency and need help or you are ever unsure, just call 111. We will be there ASAP. 

Now that spring is here two small requests;

  1. Make sure you check the batteries on your smoke alarms. Time and time again they save lives. The sooner you can get out of your house and call us the better. 
  2. For the men of the district. Make sure your BBQ and outdoor equipment is cleaned before use. It’s amazing where small animals and birds will make nests, and that combined with your previous cooking/cremation attempts can lead to unexpected fires and the brigade joining your party!    


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