Jack Thom, of Mt Cargill, and his grandfather,
ex-Waikouaiti firefighter Allan Black, use a hose during
the Waikouaiti Volunteer Fire Brigade's open day on
Saturday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
After 50 years, the passion for firefighting is still
burning in Waikouaiti.
The Waikouaiti Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrated 50 years of
service at the weekend.
The brigade marked the occasion with an open day on Saturday
which was attended by more than 200 people, Chief Fire
Officer AnthonyNally said.
''It's been really popular. We have had a lot of kids coming
and practising with the fire extinguishers, we had a
demonstration of car cutting, we had people practising CPR
... it's been good,'' he said.
The 50th year of service was ''a big milestone for a
volunteer brigade in a small town''.
The event was great fun for Jack Thom (9), whose grandfather
Allan Black was a brigade volunteer.
Jack said he was keen on becoming a firefighter when he was
older, but was ''keeping his options open''.
Mr Black said he enjoyed the chance to catch up with some of
those he served alongside.
The occasion was particularly special for Ian Harkness, who
marked 50 years of service, and Paul Smith, who marked 25