Fire brigade gets ute

VALUABLE: the Famous Grouse Hotel manager Will Stock, left, and chief fire officer Jeremy...
VALUABLE: the Famous Grouse Hotel manager Will Stock, left, and chief fire officer Jeremy Greenwood, right, with the new Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade emergency response vehicle. PHOTO: G LACK
The Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade has a new emergency response vehicle thanks to the help of a local business.

The new Ford Ranger ute will provide the brigade with more flexibility and capability to respond to emergencies, chief fire officer Jeremy Greenwood said.

The vehicle was purchased with a grant from Pub Charity and with the support of The Famous Grouse Hotel.

It has been fitted with more equipment and configured in a way to make it easier for firefighters to access. It has also been fixed with a front-mounted winch to assist with stabilisation and recovery.

“The ute will be used in a support role for operational incidents and will also assist members with the delivery of fire risk reduction activities and education within the community and local schools,” Mr Greenwood said.

He said recently they have seen how valuable the ability to use a high capability four-wheel drive is.

“When our crews were involved with significant events such as the Christchurch earthquakes, Selwyn Rd fire in 2012 and Port Hills fire in 2018 we used a ute extensively to ferry additional people and equipment in challenging environments.

“Any volunteer fire brigade is only as good as its local community and we’re incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful support from residents in Lincoln and further afield and local businesses like The Famous Grouse Hotel.”

Famous Grouse Hotel manager Will Stock said he was thrilled to be able to assist local firefighters.

“The hotel has a long history of supporting Lincoln firefighters and we’re delighted to be able to continue to support them in the incredible work they do throughout our community.”