Helping the community has become easier for the Geraldine Volunteer Fire Brigade and Rangitita Rural Fire Party thanks to the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.
Each station was given $2200, enabling them to purchase a portable generator for Rangitata and a combie-carrier for Geraldine.
Rangitata rural fire officer Andrew Fitzsimons said they have had the generator for a month.
He said it will make a difference to safety at night when they are in an isolated area without power.
The combie-carrier will help minimise further injury to people as the stretcher allows them to be moved easily.
Geraldine station officer Grant Stephens said the combie allows them to get injured people to safety faster, as opposed to waiting for an ambulance crew to move the patient.
Both groups are made up of volunteers, eight in Rangitata and 25 in Geraldine. Last year the fire party went to 25 callouts and Geraldine to 153.
Fonterra operations manager Steve McKnight said both teams had made great submissions explaining what they needed the money to go towards.
The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund is a New Zealand-based sponsorship programme focusing on rural communities. It has been running since 2007.
- The Timaru Herald