Gore volunteers honour the past

Remembering the past . . . Gore firemen Richard Tre maine and Michael O’Neill stand in front of their new appliance featuring ANZAC pop pies and a historic mess age. PHOTO: MICHAEL CURREEN

The Gore Volunteer Fire Brigade looked back to the past for new designs on fire appliances, commemorating 135 years of history.

“Voluntary service since 1886” is now printed on each door.

Firefighter Michael O’Neill said he wanted people to know the brigade’s story.

“A lot of people don’t realise we’re a volunteer service.”

The community had been very supportive over the years, donating thousands of dollars to keep the service running, he said.

Anzac poppies also feature on the front of the trucks with the words “Lest we forget”.

The new design acknowledged past members of the brigade who fought for New Zealand, Mr O’Neill said.

An old snooker room at the back of the Gore Fire Station has been converted into a museum. Old uniforms, pictures and medals are on display there.

“We want to show new recruits this is where we come from,” Mr O’Neill said.

“We’re still doing the same thing they were doing back in 1886.

“It’s a waste of time if you don’t remember them.”

Senior Station Officer Richard Tremaine said the Gore brigade was one of the largest volunteer fire brigades in the southern region, having about 40 members.

“We do about 230 calls a year,” he said.