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    Vol Fire crew, who is one?

    Hey team, how many volly firemen we have here? Where are you and for how long?

    I am in whangarei heads, small station with around only 60 calls a year. Been a member coming up two years.
    If i could have a full time job shooting pests i'm up for over time.

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    Hey Smidy,
    your timing is impeccable. Check this out. (I sent you a PM but went to the wrong Smiddy )

    http://www.nzhuntingandshooting.co.n...ly-room-11085/

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    haha yeah i saw that so jumped straight in

    good idea. should create a fair amount of traffic especially with the upcoming medical changes for the fire service.
    If i could have a full time job shooting pests i'm up for over time.

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    Tell me about it. We are missing so many calls at the moment and get asked by the community why we weren't there to help them

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    Quote Originally Posted by sako75 View Post
    Tell me about it. We are missing so many calls at the moment and get asked by the community why we weren't there to help them
    i don't follow?
    we are 30 mins from whangarei and have always done medicals that i am aware of. It's important for our community and we are happy to do it until the ambos can get there.
    At the recent chiefs meeting they told our chief that we would trial the van thing but we will loose our appliance as we are a single appliance station (Aux actually). That doesn't seem to make sense to me as at a guess half to 60% of our calls are medicals so what do we do in the situation of a fire with half the equipment. I totally agree a dedicated medical vehicle would be very useful on medical calls but at the expense of an appliance, best to have one each. That and what is the benefit of have a bed in the vehicle? We have never used the stretcher we have on our appliance and it has been stated we are not to transport patients so what's the point? It has been a fairly up and down topic for us as a while back st johns were using us a lifting help returning patients home from hospital to. They would send a single ambo officer and turn us out to assist to get the patient inside. that didn't last too long thankfully, they were given the cease and desist.
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    I'm a rural fire volley, joined June this year.
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    My fav pump, and my fav pump operator
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    Happy Valley fire earlier this year
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    27yrs a volley, fire Chief 16yrs. Both kids are volleys and the son is a Crew leader. We are under National Rural not NZ fire service. Two great volley units who sometimes work together. Last nite myself and Son and 1 of my medics spent 2.5 hr's trying to keep a Suicide victim alive, hope we succeeded as I haven't heard the outcome today. Spent all day today training and tomorrow Saturday I will be training Volleys from other departments. Hope this goes better than the last time when I was called away to recover the 2 lake Victims. My motto ( Volleys rock become One )
    "ars longa, vita brevis"

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    My old man is in the rural fire force in maungakaramea, I'm nzfs but we have plenty of scrub fires in our area.
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    Vol Fire, part of Tauranga-Kawerau based out of Greerton Station. Metropolitan brigade, means we get to play with the new toys (when we've been good) like the Hazmat/Command vehicles and heavy ISV's. Just been qual'd on the new Dreager Telemetry sets and the Merlin control boards, they were a bit of a mish to get the head around.

    Running around 240 calls a year for our vehicles, out of around 450 or so for the station (composite so we are generally 2nd responding appliance or vehicle backing up a career crew).

    Have a light ISV which was the concept vehicle that the new fire/medical vans are now being built from, a Type 3 Scania frontrunner and a little rural tanker unit (3,000Ltr).

    Actually I think we have a facebook page, Greerton Vol Fire or somesuch (not that I use bookface myself!).

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    My uncle up here has 2 or less years for his gold star, hanging in there just
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonhunt View Post
    My uncle up here has 2 or less years for his gold star, hanging in there just
    For anyone that doesn't know, a Gold Star is award for 25years service. That is a great achievement



    Smidy, have you been on Firenet and read the regional notice on the St. John MOU update?

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    He's raining in on 50yrs, maybe its a second gold, not sure how it works, he's fire police now
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    fiddy years, double gold star. 50 years unbroken service, all but impossible nowadays with the new recruiting and retirement age requirements. It is an utterly incredible achievement, I attended one a few years back in Papamoa what a day. I take my hat off to your uncle mate, well done to him...
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