Service earns gold stars
25 years has 'flown by'JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
In the South
Twenty-five years have ''flown by'' for two Cromwell firefighters whose long service has been recognised.
Station officers Phil Ryan and Steve Coup were awarded with 25-year gold stars at the Cromwell Volunteer Fire Brigade honours ceremony on Saturday.
Steve Coup said he joined the service when he was 18-years-old volunteering for the Sumner volunteer brigade in Christchurch for 16 years before transferring to the Cromwell brigade when he moved to Central Otago.
''It doesn't seem like I have done 25 years. You don't really notice the days and years go by. The camaraderie of the fire service stands out for me. It's really like a brotherhood. We do around 100 calls a year and we have a huge range of calls. We go to cats stuck up trees - literally -to motor vehicle accidents where we have to cut people out and everything else in between. That's why you keep coming back to it, because you never know where you are going to when your pager goes off.''
Phil Ryan, who started his fire service career with the Alexandra Volunteer Fire Brigade when he was 18-years-old, said reaching 25-years of service was a huge milestone for the pair.
''It is a great organisation to be in and great helping the community. When you first join, I don't think anybody thinks they will do it for this long, but the years have flown by. It's a huge milestone and we are very proud.''
Chief fire officer Steve Shaw said 25 years was ''significant contribution''
''These guys are both station officers who hold responsible positions and do a fantastic job.''
- © Fairfax NZ News