Protecting the community is celebrated
The celebration of Motueka Volunteer Fire Brigade's centenary mixed the old and new - from horse-drawn appliances to gleaming modern machines.
One of the features was a 1938 Ford V8 truck, which is still being restored.
It was was towed in Saturday's centenary parade through Motueka by a working sedan of the same make that was the model owed by Motueka Volunteer Fire Brigade senior firefighter Tony White.
The V8 fire truck, which was owned by the Bill Leadley Trust and being restored by the brigade, would have been a handful at speed because of the weight of the front-mounted pump unit, he said.
Another highlight of the High St parade of men, women and machinery followed by an afternoon of family fun at Decks Reserve was the handover of a cheque for $5000 by the brigade's leaders to the Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.
The brigade's chief fire officer, Mike Riddell, said the money was mainly raised by the Motueka business community.
"It's all part of the celebration and the business community coming forward.
"And it's just another side of what the emergency services do in helping each other."
Mr Riddell said the day of celebrating 100 years of volunteer firefighting in the town was all about the people.
"The people that have volunteered for 100 years and the community who has supported us - that has not changed.
"The people are the mainstay of the brigade.
"Not quite 200 people have been involved in those years and all have worked to protect the community from fire." And the day was a chance for the community to see for themselves the working bond that all the emergency agencies shared, he said.
Led by the Motueka Highland Pipe Band, the parade of fire appliances through the ages was headed by the horse-drawn 1887 Shand and Mason, which was restored and driven by David Walker, of Appleby, and protected by Daisy the dalmation (fire horses in that era were protected by a station's dalmations from roaming dogs).
Police, ambulance, rural fire trucks and volunteers' families supported the brigade in the parade, which wheeled up High St and down Tudor St before heading to Decks Reserve.
Icecreams and sausages were handed out in the community get-together.
Children played on bouncy castles, created in the colouring-in competition and had a crack on the junior firefighter course.
Adults, meanwhile, roamed between the large red machines.
The kitchen fire demonstration saw flames roar from a pot of burning oil after an application of water by a demonstrating fire officer.
Firefighters and an officer enjoyed a bird's-eye view from the top of the 17 metre ladder attached to the Nelson Bronte Skylift ladder truck.
But the crowd-pleaser was the arrival of the latest in the Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter fleet.
The red-and-yellow beast provided a backdrop for the handover of the $5000 cheque.
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