Rescue centre building begins

Work gets underway for the Tinopai rescue centre

Tinopai’s new combined rescue services centre is a happening thing, with foundation earthworks now underway for a building to house the Coastguard North Kaipara rescue vessel, the rural fire tender and the first aid response vehicle.

Community fundraising activity provided a kick-start to the project, followed by a $111,000 lotteries grant, which boosted the total to a little over $171,000.

Fundraising for the remaining $20,000 is continuing.

“We are planning a sponsors’ wall in the centre, with a brick at $50, a block at $200, and a beam at $500,” said Tinopai Emergency Services Inc treasurer, Sarolta Bernhardt.

The north Kaipara is now home for the Tinopai-based Manaia Rescue; which is powered by twin motors providing a combined 270 horsepower and capable of 40 knots if required.

Two coastguard skippers have now qualified in its operation — Allan Crabb and Bobby Smith, after earning their masters qualifications as Industry Specific Certificates. Both men were on site as the earthworks got underway last week.

“It was a little wet, but good to get things started,” said Mr. Crabb.

For further information contact Sarolta Bernhardt email or call on 021 270 2135.


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