Thrills and spills at brigade open day

Station officer Jeremy Gibbons shows why dousing a stove top fire with water is not recommended.

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A steady stream of visitors were entertained and informed at the Matakana Volunteer Fire Brigade Open Day held on May 4.

Attendees could try their hand at escaping a smoke-filled room, learn what to do to counter a saucepan going up in flames, aim a fire hose to put out a potential blaze, try on firefighting equipment and check out what it’s like to be stretchered away in an ambulance.

Senior station officer Peter Guild says more than 80 per cent of brigade callouts relate to medical emergencies and the ambulance was on site to highlight the close working relationship between the ambulance and fire service.

Peter says in addition to educating visitors about dealing with fires, another aim of the day was to attract new volunteers.

He was delighted to sign up three volunteers on the day and discover three more potential recruits.

The Matakana brigade currently has 15 volunteers, but ideally should have between 22 and 24.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the brigade should call Peter on 0274 726 080


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