Saturday, 10 September 2011

WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE

By Deanne Burrell

On Saturday 20 August the Annual General Meeting of the Waitati
Volunteer Fire Brigade was held at the fire station, and a great night
was enjoyed by all. It was reported that for the calendar year
01/01/10 to 31/12/10 the brigade had attended 68 calls. This is a
marked increase on the previous year, so the brigade hopes to increase
advertising and advice through our local Blueskin News to reverse this
trend. Since the last AGM staffing has remained constant with the
only addition being Sam Todd our junior recruit. Sam shows great
enthusiasm and motivation and we welcome him to the brigade.

Congratulations to the following members who received awards on the night:
Fire Fighter of the Year – Charles Abraham. This award is decided by
members of the brigade. It is awarded to the person who the members
feel contributed that little bit extra during the year, so
congratulations Charles on an award well deserved.
Best Attendance – Lindsay Scott. Lindsay's dedication and commitment
to the brigade is constant and very much appreciated.
Piston Broke Trophy (oopsy award) – Seraya Figgins. Sorry Seraya, but
someone's got to get it.

During the meeting the following issue was raised. Members of the
Waitati brigade would like to make further inquiries of the brigade,
Fire Service, the committee and St John into further equipping and
training members to be medical co-responders. The brigade voted
unanimously to look more closely at this proposal, and any community
feedback would be appreciated.

Recently when the motorway was closed due to the snow the brigade was
pleased to be able to offer assistance to many people who were
stranded, from taking cups of tea and soup to truckies to informing
people about the use of the hall. We were proud to be part of the
community spirit of Blueskin Bay. Well done to everyone who helped
out and showed people the hospitality that our community provides.

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