Manukau Courier : January 6th 2011
4 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 6, 2011 NEWS 3 Super Liquor Papatoetoe 24 Charles Street Hunters Corner Ph:09-2784389 Super Liquor Otahuhu 52 Atkinson Ave Ph:09-2761700 LION RED/ SPEIGHTS/ EXPORT GOLD 15PK 330ML BTLS WOODSTOCK/KGB/ CRUISER 5% 12PK BTLS BLACK HEART 1 LITRE 42 BELOW 700ML RANGE TEACHERS WHISKY 1LITRE ST REMY BRANDY 1 LITRE $19.99ea $19.99ea $29.99ea $31.99ea CR01 Connecting road open The NZ Transport Agency thanks you for your patience and co-operation throughout construction. You can now travel directly to Auckland International Airport from the Southern Motorway or Cavendish Drive Interchange. Watch out for signs showing you the way to go. Minor road works will be continuing at local intersections until Monday 10 January. For more information call 09 969 9800 or visit www.nzta.govt.nz The new SH20 Cavendish -- Puhinui connecting road is open and the new Manukau motorway is complete. Volunteer moonlights as firefighting Unsung hero: Rob Willey trained as a volunteer firefighter in 1989 and says it's the best decision he ever made. By JESSIE COLQUHOUN Ready for action: Volunteer firefighter's uniforms are set up and ready for an emergency. CONTINUED Page 5 By day Rob Willey works at an agricultural busi- ness, importing and exporting farm machin- ery. In his spare time he moonlights as one of society's superheroes. He's a member of the Kawakawa Bay Volun- teer Fire Brigade and when the siren howls he transforms from an ordi- nary citizen to a fire- battling hose wielder. Rob's the kind of man you would be happy to see in a tricky situation. A volunteer firefighter since 1989 -- I'd just had my 21st birthday'' -- he's also part of the first response team for St John Ambulance. Serving the 2000 residents of Kawakawa Bay for the past couple of years as a senior fire- fighter, he was pre- viously with the Beach- lands Volunteer Fire Brigade. He and the brigade's other 19 members -- aged 21 to almost 60 -- are all locals. Rob lives around the corner from the station, one of the team lives across the road and another next door. They're quite lucky cause they're first on the truck,'' he says. He carries a pager and springs into action when it goes off. The procedure is always the same: Arrive at the station: Boots, overalls, jackets, helmets on: Get in the truck, briefing. Then they're off. The first moments are exhilarating'', Rob says. You never know what you're going to. A motor vehicle accident can be a car in a ditch or four or five cars.'' Despite not being paid, brigade members take their job very seriously. When the siren goes off it's usually because someone's called 111. We turn up as the New Zealand Fire Ser- vice -- we're professional, we act professionally and we respond profession- ally. When we get home we take off our helmets and we're the Kawakawa Bay Fire Brigade.'' Being a lifesaver can be demanding and Rob says he's lucky to have such a supportive and understanding partner. We've been heading out the door to functions or dinner and the siren's gone off. I've said sorry sweets, this is where I'm going now'.'' The number of times he's had to put plans on hold has fallen over the years. The brigade gets about 30 callouts annually, mostly for car accidents, and Rob -- the fire safety officer -- puts it down to increased education. The guys don't like that they're not having so much action,'' he jokes. But it's good for me.'' Two years ago the brigade went to every house in Kawakawa Bay to check it had a working smoke alarm. Rob works with youth groups, educates school kids and writes a fire safety column in the local newsletter. The brigade has even come up with a tsunami response plan with Civil Defence -- vital for the waterfront town. That's one thing I really love, just helping the people.'' He's never applied to become a paid firefighter. This way he's got the best of both worlds because he can do a normal day job and still get away from it''.
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