Manukau Courier : February 25th 2011
4 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 NEWS S A S A S the all new Volvo S60 valued at $63 990 P W Beinto P F a y - 1 a 11 a y y y a Practice day for wannabe firefighters By DAVID TAURANGA Fancy a career fighting fires and want to find out if you've got what it takes to cut it with New Zealand's 1700 career firefighters? You're in luck -- the New Zealand Fire Service is holding a recruit- ment practice day at the Papatoetoe fire station on Lambie Drive this weekend. National recruitment manager David Utumapu says the service is seeking registrations from those who want to find out about a career as a firefighter. Being a firefighter is tremen- dously exciting and rewarding, and we're are looking for enthusiastic people from all walks to life to take up the challenge,'' he says. During the three-hour sessions the role of a firefighter plus the recruitment process are discussed. They are designed to improve participants chances of selection in the service. There will also be a physical pre- entry test involving strength and endurance tasks like pulling a 40-metre fire hose out, a stair climb while carrying 18kg and dragging a 90kg dummy 30 metres. As well as the physical assess- ments applicants will need to understand the theoretical competencies and the application process, Mr Utumapu says. Applications are open until March 17, giving those who try out on the open days five weeks to work on any areas of weakness before taking the tests for real,'' he says. The Fire Service wants to employ a more diverse workforce and is encouraging women and ethnic minorities to attend. Training courses for the success- ful applicants will start on June 13 and September 19. Go to www.fire.org.nz/recruit/ index.html or call 0800 FIRE RECRUIT (0800-347-373) to regis- ter for the practice day. Call national recruitment manager David Utumapu on 0274-440-024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Dancing into the New Year Poise: Katy Qiu, right, and Abigail Feng perform traditional Chinese New Year dances in front of a small crowd at the Papatoetoe library. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By TROELS SOMMERVILLE Patrons of the Papatoetoe library have been treated to some Chinese culture. The library invited dancers from the Golden Season Dance Academy to per- form as part of Chinese New Year celebrations. Dancers Abigail Feng, Katy Qiu and Jessica Huo performed choreographed dances to traditional Chinese music in front of a small crowd. The girls, now 10, have been dancing since they were four. Abigail says she likes to dance because it's fun and she can do it with her friends. The day also included playdough sculpture making for the younger chil- dren. Chinese New Year celebrations ran for 15 days and concluded with last Saturday's lantern festival.
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