The Matakana Volunteer Fire Brigade wrapped up 2017 with a total of 152 calls, and a plea for six more volunteers.
During the year, the brigade responded to 81 medical calls, 43 building structure fires, 16 vegetation fires and 12 motor vehicle accidents.
Senior station officer Peter Guild says 2017 was a busy year and although the brigade has an excellent crew, more personnel are needed.
“Three for front line service and three for support crew would be ideal,” Peter says.
Awards presented during the brigade’s end of year Honours Night were:
Officer of the year – Peter Guild; best attendance, Jennie Burt; most call outs, Jennie Burt; most improved, Ben Pringle; Whittaker Trophy, Ben Pringle; Bailey Earley Recruit Firefighter of the Year Award, Claude Poulsen. Two-year silver bars were presented to Jim Presland, John Badham and Noeline Cranston. A two-year alternate gold bar was presented to Barry Clarke and Jennie Burt. Ben Pringle received a three-year certificate. Volunteer recruit firefighter programme certificates were presented to Isabelle Franks, Claude Poulsen and Peter Widdows.
Interested in joining the Matakana brigade? Phone Peter Guild 0274 726 080