Brigade all fired up after 125 years
The celebrations in Bluff at the weekend were 125 years in the making.
About 70 current and former firefighters of the Bluff brigade spent the weekend sharing memories and stories from its 125-year history.
Bluff Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Bill Gold said the weekend was "excellent", as both young and old celebrated the organisation's history in the town.
Both the community and fire service remembered some of the more serious callouts and a few of the light-hearted ones too.
Mr Gold, who had been in the service for 39 years, said there were many highlights for the volunteers during the decades of service they had given to the organisation, but a fire in the cool store was one he would never forget.
Among those taking part in the celebrations were firefighters who started in 1949, to one who joined just last week.
But as they swapped notes, laughed about the memories and relived some of the major callouts, they all had one thing in common, their pride in being a part of the brigade, he said.
The community also turned out to show their pride in the organisation, with a crowd gathering to watch a parade of fire brigade vehicles along Gore St.
Mr Gold said he was pleased with the dozens of people who made the effort to support the local group and catch a glimpse of its history as it passed by.
A dinner on Saturday night was also organised for the members and their partners, with area manager Bruce Stubbs speaking, along with Bluff community board chairwoman Jan Mitchell.
Mr Gold said he was already looking forward to a bigger celebration for the service's 150th anniversary.
"I'll probably be on the zimmer frame, but I will be here."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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