Friends of the Brigade check out the placement of a community sponsored brick wall as the Mangawhai firefighters’ new station nears completion

Firefighters anticipate new home

by Andy Bryenton

Mangawhai’s volunteer fire brigade has provided many years of vital service to the region, saving lives and property as the town has expanded and grown. Now a date has been set for the official opening of their new fire station, a landmark event for both the brigade and the town.

Construction has been swift despite the exacting demands of creating a specialist hub for these emergency first responders. The new site, near the burgeoning Mangawhai Activity Zone with its recreational facilities, places the firefighters centrally to both the heads and the village sections of Mangawhai, and close to new planned developments recently announced.

It’s a credit to the skill of local tradespeople that many of them have been key contributors to this unique project.

Community contributions have assisted in adding to what has been a project funded and overseen by Fire and Emergency New Zealand. A ‘fire brick’ fundraiser has seen a wall of local names incorporated into the design, acknowledging the strong support the brigade enjoys in their community. It was only one of many fundraising initiatives organised by the proactive Friends of the Brigade.

A ‘ribbon-cutting’ date of October 31 has been set, with a move from the current station in Wood Street to follow. With new premises comes a renewed need, as in other fire brigades around the region, for volunteers to step up and assist.

It has often been said that all the resources of our local firefighters are only as good as the team behind them; this may be the perfect opportunity for Mangawhai residents who are willing and able to contribute to a very well respected team indeed.