Volunteer brigade holding open day

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People will have the opportunity to see Gore Volunteer Fire Brigade members in action at an open day on Sunday.

The event will be held at the Gore Fire Station, Hokonui Drive, from 11am to 3pm.

Chief fire officer Steve Lee said the day was designed for the community and families to learn more about the fire brigade.

“The open day provides community engagement in the area. It’s open to everyone to have a go and provide the opportunity to get involved and understand what we do,” Mr Lee said.

Among the attractions of the day would be a kitchen trailer demonstration, motor vehicle extraction demonstration, a children’s maze to leave a house during a fire, and fire safety messages.

There would be opportunities to try on firefighting gear and sit in fire engines, he said.

Barbecue food will be provided.

People will be able to talk to firefighters about their tasks and how to go about joining the brigade.

“At the moment there is 13,000 people in Gore, but only 40 people respond to fire callouts,” Mr Lee said.

He encouraged people to come along to the day and look at joining the brigade.

“Everyone has a part to play and can make a contribution to our community.”

Upon becoming members, people would be provided with full training.

“You’ll learn fire skills, leadership skills, team work in pressure situations.

“It looks really good on the CV. The skills you learn are transferable into careers and other parts of the community,” Mr Lee said.

The brigade at present was made up of men and women with diverse backgrounds, he said.

Electrician Simon Latty, architectural draftsman Trent Macgregor and youth pastor Reid Polstra joined the brigade about two years ago and mother-of-two Ashleigh Goodwin has been a member for one year.

All four joined the brigade to be involved in the community.

“I wanted to give something back to the community. I’m part of a great team here,” Mr Latty said.

Mr Polstra said he had learnt great life-skills since being involved.

Mr Macgregor loved having the opportunity to be involved in community events.

“Helping out the public and being at different events has been really cool,” he said.

Mrs Goodwin said joining the brigade helped with her self-confidence.

The brigade provided the opportunity to meet people she would not usually have contact with, she said.

Gore Volunteer Fire Brigade open and recruitment day is at the Gore Fire Station, Hokonui Drive, 11am-3pm on Sunday.