Te Kopuru’s new Toyota is up to the challenge of responding fast to fire brigade emergencies

Rapid response to the rescue

by Andy Bryenton

Te Kopuru’s Fire Brigade has welcomed a new addition to their fire fighting forces this month, as a first response vehicle rolled in to bolster the rural station’s fleet.

The addition of the new Toyota all-terrain vehicle, packed with life-saving rapid response emergency equipment, was made possible by the generosity of main sponsors Steve and Susan Hirst of Tropex Export, along with The Northern Wairoa Hotel and Pub charity, Todd Mullinder, Kevin Morgan and Dargaville’s ambulance service who got behind the push to replace the outgoing, ageing vehicle with this new, more up to date model.

The weekend saw the vehicle blessed for service by Te Kopuru kaumatua Jim Te Tuhi, during a period, which saw not just the Te Kopuru brigade but others across the north very busy due to unprecedentedly fierce electrical storms that caused widespread mayhem.

This new firefighting machine joins a veritable windfall of new equipment for the emergency services volunteers of the Kaipara. In the past month, both Otamatea and Dargaville have also received new St John ambulance first response units. Now the challenge is put to the wider community to step up and volunteer to crew the expanded fleet.