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The brigade is based at Howick fire station in Pakuranga Road and trains from 7-9pm every Monday. Its members are unpaid and on call for seven days out of a 21-day roster. They respond to about 150 incidents a year in Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach, Whitford and other suburbs. “We’re sometimes the first responding pump [fire truck] to a call-out if the full-time firefighters are at another job,” Mr Flett told the Times. “We respond to all sorts of things and have a van that provides lighting at car crash scenes, police incidents and domestic flooding calls.” The brigade is open to men and women aged 18 and older who have a full driver’s licence and can pass a police background check. Full training is provided. After six-eight months, new members are put through their paces at an intensive seven-day course in Rotorua. Mr Flett says a handful of times each year the brigade attends large incidents that can take up to four- five hours to deal with. “Most of the jobs take about an hour,” says the self-employed Howick resident. “We’re sometimes required to respond to medical emergencies, so recruits get good first aid train- ing and learn how to use a defibril- lator and administer oxygen.” People keen to join the volunteer brigade, but worried about work or family commitments, can visit the Howick fire station at 6.30pm on a Monday and talk to its members. “Most of the guys have families and we work around it,” says Mr Flett. “We all have pagers and if some- thing happens we get dispatched to the station. For that reason we prefer to have members live within three-four minutes driving time of the station. If you’re on the duty crew and your pager goes off, you must turn out.” The brigade’s members do eve- rything possible to reduce the risk, in line with the Fire Service’s safe person concept. “The situations are so well con- trolled and we don’t put people in harm’s way,” says Mr Flett. Brigade member Gary Dyason adds: “There’s no point in us try- ing to save someone else’s life if we are at risk ourselves. “We form a bond with each other and the brigade becomes your second family. “If we go into a fire or another sort of incident, we have to know we can rely on each other.” One of the brigade’s youngest members is 19-year-old Jordan Morley. The fitter-turner joined up in 2012. “My uncle was a volunteer fire- fighter in a different area and I remember him going to call-outs,” says the Howick resident. “I’ve made new friends [through the brigade] and it’s taught me good life lessons.” Brigade member Lindsay Knipe says it’s like joining any other club. “If you want to meet people you can rely on and trust, this is the place,” he says. “It’s a great way to keep up your skills and the training is fantastic. “There’s also that satisfaction in giving back to the community.” People interested in joining the Howick Volunteer Fire Bri- gade can phone Mr Flett on 027- 733-4578, the Howick fire station on 534-6601, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Among the Howick Volunteer Fire Brigade members looking for new recruits are, from left, Steve Flett, Lindsay Knipe, Jordan Morley, Gary Dyason and David Paisley. Times photo Chris Harrowell Recruiting for volunteers Stolen car crashed in grog heist By Chris Harrowell POLICE are speaking to a 16-year-old girl after thieves used a motor vehicle to ram raid an East Auckland bottle shop. Pakuranga Liquor in Ti Rakau Drive suffered extensive damage when the allegedly stolen Mazda Atenza car was crashed into the store just before 3am last Monday. The Mazda car was left at the scene as the suspects made their getaway in a vehicle believed to be a white Honda Odyssey. Cigarettes and alcohol including a three- litre bottle of whisky worth $300 were stolen from the targeted store. Detective sergeant Warrick Adkin, of Counties Manukau East Police’s tactical crime reduction unit, says witnesses are being spoken to. “A 16-year-old female has been interviewed by police and admitted her involvement in the unlawful taking of the Mazda vehicle and the burglary,” he says. “She will be referred to the police’s youth aid section.” Pakuranga Liquor manager Louis Li was alerted to the burglary by the store’s security alarm company. The business’s entrance suffered extensive damage in the ram raid. Stock was also affected from the impact of the Mazda car being crashed into the store. “We found alcohol and cigarettes on the ground, so we think they were running fast and didn’t have enough hands to carry it all,” says Mr Li, of the thieves. Mr Adkin says police are keen to hear from anyone recently offered cheap alcohol or cigarettes for sale. People with information on the burglary of Pakuranga Liquor in Ti Rakau Drive, just before 3am on August 25, can phone Counties Manukau Police on 261-1300, or Crimestoppers on 0800-555 -111.
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