Muriwai lifeguards receive pre-summer boost

Head lifeguard Oliver Tyack, left, with North Western Toyota CEO Mark Jago in front of the Muriwai surf lifesaving ...
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Head lifeguard Oliver Tyack, left, with North Western Toyota CEO Mark Jago in front of the Muriwai surf lifesaving club's new emergency vehicle.

The start of another surf lifesaving season was marked by the unveiling of a new emergency response vehicle, to assist the dedicated Muriwai lifeguards. 

The specially equipped beach vehicle is a "welcomed upgrade" for the lifeguards, and outfitted with all the essentials. It has medical kits including oxygen resuscitation equipment, a defibrillator and radio gear to enable easy contact with all other emergency services. 

Muriwai head lifeguard, Oliver Tyack, says their operating conditions demand improved equipment like the new vehicle and hopes it will go a long way in ensuring the lifeguards, often first on the scene in emergency situations, are as prepared as possible.

"Increasingly we are being called to incidents a long way up the beach, sometimes as far as the Kaipara Harbour which is 35km and its not just for surf rescues," says Tyack.

"Lifeguards frequently back up the local fire brigade and St John Ambulance first responders. Sometimes we are the first to arrive so we need the proper gear to deal to situations."

The purchase of the $40,000 vehicle was a collaborative effort from North Western Toyota, Avondale's Vehicle Construction and Maintenance and Kumeu Cottle Motors. The funding support meant that the direct cost to the club was halved.

Lifeguards at Muriwai and other west beaches will be on duty every weekend and on public holidays until Easter 2017. Paid lifeguards will provide mid-week patrols from mid December until schools resume at the beginning of February, though dates will vary from beach to beach.

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