Respect for emergency services

Todd Muller
National MP
 

A lot of work goes into keeping our growing community safe, and I have nothing but admiration and respect for our emergency services here in the Bay and right around the country.

Last week I was fortunate enough to spend some time with our local fire crew at Mount Maunganui station to celebrate International Firefighter's Day.

Hayden, Steve and the rest of the team gave me a real insight into the work that they do – it's safe to say they are busy, with their station alone dealing with 782 incidents last year. This station is what's known as a ‘composite crew', where there is a mixture of four full-time rostered staff and a volunteer crew of 10 who can be paged to assist.

They are really looking to increase volunteer numbers, so if you feel like an exciting challenge or an opportunity to do something positive in the community, you should give them a call.

If firefighting isn't your calling there are plenty of other good causes locally to get involved with, from environmental groups through to op shops. You never know where you could make an impact.

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