‘Significant’ service to be recognised

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Nigel Moore found out exactly how much his Gore Volunteer Fire Brigade friends meant to him when he had a stroke.
Mr Moore is to be awarded a gold star for his 25 years’ service to the organisation and a life membership of the Gore brigade on Saturday.
Mr Moore has been a tireless volunteer for the brigade even after his stroke in 2012. He holds the position of treasurer for the brigade and is its operational support officer.
He paid tribute to his fellow brigade members who mowed his lawns once a week for about eight months after his stroke. Brigade members also planted the family’s vegetable garden.
‘‘So the Moore garden hadn’t looked so good for years,’’ Mr Moore said.
His association with fire brigades started in 1984 when he worked as a stock agent in West Otago and joined the Tapanui brigade.
‘‘Being in a small town as a stock and station agent we needed to join clubs,’’ he said.
‘‘If you live in a small town you need to make yourself available.’’
‘‘I decided to join the fire brigade. If no-one joined a local brigade there will be no local brigades.’’
During his tenure as a stock agent he also served in the Balfour brigade before moving to Gore.
He did have a short break from the brigade when his children were young, before joining again in 1996.
He described the brigade as a tightknit community that was very supportive.
One of the highlights for Mr Moore had been attending a national training course in Rotorua in 2011 at what he described as a first-class facility that featured most scenarios firefighters would encounter.
The Gore brigade encounters a wide range of callouts from motor vehicle accidents to medical emergencies.
As well as being involved in the Gore brigade, Mr Moore is also the Northern Southland Fire Brigade Association president.
Gore brigade chief fire officer Steve Lee said Mr Moore made a significant contribution to the brigade as a senior officer, secretary/treasurer, bar manager and equipment officer.
Mr Lee said Mr Moore was extremely diligent in his duties.
‘‘Nigel continues to make a significant contribution to the brigade and is a respected member of the brigade,’’ Mr Lee said.
Mr Moore, along with other brigade members, will be presented with awards at a ceremony at the James Cumming Wing on Saturday.
The official occasion will also be attended by New Zealand Fire Service managers and Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks.