It’s been a busy year for manager of the Kaiwaka and Maungaturoto St John units, Stephen Rosser.
“We are well up on our jobs in both Kaiwaka and Maungaturoto. We have four new volunteers signed up this year and four AUT students that are doing their practicals through our station,” said Stephen.
They also have an agreement through the fire service as to who they can call on for help when they are in need of a driver. “It is a great service and we’ve been doing that for a couple of years in Maungaturoto now and approached Kaiwaka Fire Station with the idea. We’ve been working successfully with them for the last two months.
A special thanks to the fire service who have stepped in and helped out on occasion.”
There are 20 volunteers servicing Maungaturoto/Kaiwaka area as well as the AUT students.
“The students get some good practice. They’re in the process of doing their paramedics’ qualification and are all in different stages. Some are working emergency technicians, some are working as first responder level — they have been great to work with.”
During the Christmas and summer holidays Stephen advises to “take care in the water, be careful and mindful on the road.
Stick to the speed limits and wear seatbelts.
“Make sure you have plenty of driver breaks, and remember to keep yourself hydrated particularly up here with all the beaches.