Matakana fires up for open day

Ashleigh and Will Pringle discovered the perks of having a firefighter in the family at the recent Matakana Volunteer Fire Brigade open day, when dad Ben let them both have a go with one of the crew’s powerful fire hoses. The event featured fire safety de

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A badly smashed car, an exploding chip pan and a 16-metre telescopic ladder kept a steady stream of visitors entertained at Matakana Volunteer Fire Brigade’s open day at Omaha Flats on Saturday, June 23.

Crews and appliances from Warkworth, Silverdale, East Coast Bays and Te Atatu were all at the station to stage an impressive display of vehicles, including Matakana’s own brand new fire engine, and carry out several safety demonstrations.

Warkworth firefighters used a range of hydraulic cutting tools, including the hefty ‘jaws of life’, to cut two “casualties” out from a crashed car, while fire risk management officer Nick Linton – and a massive explosive fireball – showed conclusively why water should never be thrown on a kitchen fat fire.

As well as fire safety fun and education, the open day was also aimed at attracting more firefighters to the Matakana crew. Senior station officer Peter Guild said afterwards there was a lot of interest shown, and he was hoping to recruit up to five new volunteers as a result.

Anyone interested in joining the Matakana brigade can contact them via the Matakana Volunteer Fire Brigade page on Facebook, or call Peter Guild on 0274 726080.


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