Firefighters welcome largesse

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 23/07/2014
Gary O'Keeffe
ROBERT CHARLES/Fairfax NZ

RIGHT CHUFFED: Contact Energy apprentice and Toko fire fighter Ben Crate, Contact's head of generation Paul Fougere, Contact's health and safety committee's Diane Trott, Toko fire's Alan Jones, Toko Senior Station officer Trevor Dent, Toko fire's Ian Shearer (in cab), Stratford fire chief Tony Foley, and Contact's health and saftey committee chairman Gary O'Keeffe.

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Two years of flawless safety at the Stratford power station has paid dividends for two local fire brigades.

Yesterday, Contact, which runs the power station, donated a portable generator to the Stratford fire station and a barbecue to the Toko brigade.

The act of generosity was a means of celebrating two years without a serious accident at the site, which provides power to 200,000 homes in the area.

The power station's health and safety committee chairman Gary O'Keeffe said members decided the two brigades would be the recipients of a gift.

"We asked them what they needed and they came back with a couple of items," he said.

"Stratford said it had to be a portable generator that was like a briefcase, so it could be used to power the ‘jaws of life' and lights at emergencies and the Toko guys said they needed a barbecue to use at community and fundraising events so that's what we got them."

However, the barbecue will sizzle its first sausages this weekend at the official opening of the new Toko station, volunteer firefighter and electrical apprentice Ben Crate said.

Contact head of generation Paul Fougere said he was "absolutely stoked" to help out the fire brigades.

They would be the first responders should there ever be a major incident at the Stratford power station.

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