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OPINION: I wish to thank and acknowledge the generosity of Happy Valley residents in supporting us as we extinguished the fire on February 21. As rural firefighters, we train for this type of event and though aware of the emotional impact, rarely is it seen.
In the days following the fire and after their return from being evacuated, we were visited by residents with food and thanks. The most memorable occasion was a group of young girls who came over with their dad to present a cake and card which read: ''Thank you fire-men and woman for stopping the scariest thing that I have ever been in so we all say a big thank you. I love firemen saving the day.''
This card and sentiment needs to be shared with the Fire Service and all responding agencies.
In New Zealand, rural fire response is generally undertaken by volunteers. We're always seeking people who wish to become part of our crews.
Those interested should contact their local council.
Wellington Rural Fire Force
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