A passion to preserve the history and memories of the Warkworth Volunteer Fire Brigade for posterity has prompted the conversion of an old fire extinguisher into a time capsule.
Senior firefighter Simon Morris says rather than being buried in the ground, the capsule will be sealed but remain on display at the fire station to be opened at the station’s centenary celebrations, 25 years from now.
Firefighters are currently collecting memorabilia to place in the 70s-era extinguisher, which Simon has repainted and had a metal plaque affixed to it.
Things to be stored include fire station t-shirts, badges, firefighter profiles, current photographs of
Warkworth and editions of Mahurangi Matters containing stories about the brigade.
“We’re trying get a snapshot of the fire brigade as it is today,” Simon says.
Anyone who feels they have anything to contribute to the capsule is welcome to drop it off at the
Warkworth Fire Station. Keep in mind the capsule opening is only 80mm wide.
The capsule will be sealed on December 18, at the brigade’s last general meeting of the year.
Simon says after 75 years the brigade is in good heart, but is always looking for more volunteers.