Silverdale volunteer firefighter duo's love affair

Love bloomed over fires, accidents and helping people for Sarah and Daniel Capon.
Jay Boreham

Love bloomed over fires, accidents and helping people for Sarah and Daniel Capon.

Battling burning buildings and a desire to help people saw love bloom for two Kiwi firefighters.

Daniel and Sarah Capon of the Silverdale Volunteer Fire Brigade met on "prehistoric" social media site Bebo, Sarah said.

Both were a few years into their volunteer firefighter careers and kept in touch through their shared interest.

The Capons say it's easy to draw a line between their fire and personal life, and if they don't agree with each other's ...
Jay Boreham

The Capons say it's easy to draw a line between their fire and personal life, and if they don't agree with each other's actions on the job, they keep a lid on it.

To become a firefighter had been a goal of Sarah's since she was 11-years-old.

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"My form 1 (year 7) teacher was a volunteer firefighter and I just thought that was the coolest thing," the 30-year-old said.

Sarah Capon oversees parade at the Silverdale Fire Station.
Jay Boreham

Sarah Capon oversees parade at the Silverdale Fire Station.

While growing up in the small town of Murchison, her friend's dads were also volunteers.

"The siren would go and they would just drop what they were doing, go to the station, go out in the fire truck and help people - and I just thought that was really awesome," she said.

Daniel, 28, is a third generation firefighter, and said he had little choice but to follow in the family tradition.

His great grandparents had a homestead that became the Silverdale rugby grounds, which they used to tenant out with a clause tenants had to join the brigade.

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Daniel's great uncle, Ron Heathcote, was a founding member of the Silverdale Volunteer Fire Brigade.

When his grandfather Trevor Capon married Ron's sister Gaye, there was also a clause that he join the brigade, and their son Nigel Capon, Daniel's father, carried on the tradition.

On Daniel's 16th birthday he was at the station signing up.

Sarah and Daniel kept in touch for a year after meeting online and met for the first time in person in 2008, at a firefighter competition in Nelson.

Their relationship started a year later and Sarah moved to Auckland and joined the Silverdale brigade in 2010. The two married in February last year.

Both have now risen in the ranks and are qualified station officers, while also working fulltime - Sarah in file management with the New Zealand Police, and Daniel as a warehouse manager in Silverdale.

"Being able to help people when they need help the most, and having the skill set to know how to be able to do that. That is probably it for me," Sarah said.

And then there's the lighter side of the job.

Like having to call a specialist appliance with listening devices and cameras from Auckland city to help save a kitten trapped in the plumbing of house being built in Millwater.

Or responding to the Manly Fire Station where a woman had turned up with her son trapped in handcuffs.

Silverdale Volunteer Fire Brigade are recruiting their next batch of volunteers to help keep the Rodney community safe.

There is an information evening on October 4; 7pm to 9pm. Email Nigel Leakey, Nigel.Leakey@fireandemergency.nz or call him on 0223 207 674 for more information.

 

 - Stuff

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