Call for volunteer firefighters

PUMP IT UP:  Alice Scranney from Hira Rural Fire in action during the Rural Fire training exercise at Cable Bay Quarry.
PUMP IT UP: Alice Scranney from Hira Rural Fire in action during the Rural Fire training exercise at Cable Bay Quarry.

Many adults dreamed of being firefighters when they were young, and the Hira Rural Fire Force wants to make that come true for at least two new volunteers.

Training officer Gordon Cowie said the Hira station needed more volunteers, especially those who could help cover the daytime shifts.

"We've only got two during the day most of the time. We really need a crew of five."

With about 10 hours of training a new volunteer could be in the field helping put out fires or controlling traffic at car accidents, Cowie said.

"Lots of little jobs that need to be done. It's not huge stress. We're not actually cutting people out of cars or anything like that. We're doing the basics."

It was not a huge workload and almost all of the other volunteers had fulltime jobs, he said.

"We average 45 calls a year, so it's not one a week. Of those, probably 15 would be in the day time. It's not a big ask. But having said that we could get three this week. We don't know."

The current volunteers worked in a range of professions, including hospitality and construction.

"We're general hands-on guys that just want to do their bit," Cowie said. "It's a great thing to get into and a lot of fun."

A training exercise was held over the weekend to work on communication between agencies and within the brigade in the event of a real emergency.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering can contact Cowie on 027 303 5339 or 03 5450 362.

The Nelson Mail