Since the formation of the medical response unit, the Waitati Fire Brigade has been busy training and familiarising ourselves with the new equipment we will be using. Our training has involved members of our team spending nights with St John's on shift and riding along in the ambulance. A very practical way to gain experience and knowledge that will benefit the community.
The unit has received funding from a number of community groups and now that we have funds for the initial costs we want to acknowledge the invaluable assistance of Gerard Collings, our community board chair, for assisting with our fundraising initiatives. The principal funding so far for our equipment has come from the Otago Motor Trust, recognising that sadly so much of our work revolves around motor vehicle accidents. Support has also come from the Port Chalmers Lions Club and Port Chalmers Women's Institute as well as individuals.