November 2020 Charity
Each Kapiti Indoor Market we partner with a local charity to help them continue providing the amazing services they offer. This November we are very pleased to announce that our main charity partner is the Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Since the Kapiti Indoor Market moved to Waikanae the WVFB have been a firm supporter of ours attending each market with their big shiny appliances. They are always keen to get involved with the community wherever they can and that shows through their love of what they do, their eagerness to talk fire safety and support the community.
SO WHAT IS THE Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade & WHAT DO THEY DO?
The WVFB is team of local individuals who dedicate themselves by giving up their own time to serve the community when we need it most 24/7, 365 days of the year. They are enthusiastic, professional and passionate about what they do and are the people you look forward to seeing most in some of the worst moments you might experience.
Known as Station 38, Waikanae is a 100% volunteer station with 32 members from all types of backgrounds & industries. Current brigade members include IT specialists, lawyers, mechanics, trades people, paramedics and local business owners all who help to make up their diverse and knowledgeable crew.
As females ourselves we are all about girl power so we also think it is pretty impressive they have 9 serving females and the first female chief fire officer of a volunteer fire brigade in the Wellington region!
The Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in May 1952 by a group of Waikanae residents after a serious house fire. They were originally based at Waikanae Beach and started with 34 Volunteer members.
With the support of the local council at the time a new Fire Appliance was purchased, and the members began their duties in the community.
In 1976 they moved to their current location in Te Moana Rd just as the New Zealand Fire Service was formed into one country wide national fire service.
They have two Fire Appliances a Type 1 Fire Appliance known as Waikanae 381 and a Rescue Tender known as Waikanae 387 they also operate a Toyota Hiace Van for Fire Support duties.
As you can imagine training is a vital requirement in their line of work and to keep their skills up to date the volunteers attend training sessions every Tuesday night.
The WVFB has a HUGE wealth of knowledge and experience with eighteen members of the brigade being awarded Gold Stars, which recognises 25 years of service including 7 current members. Many others have given 10+ years of service that illustrates their dedication and commitment to the brigade and the Waikanae community.
They attend on average 220 call outs each year, to all manner of emergencies that include but not limited to:
· Medical emergencies
· Motor vehicle accidents & car fires
· Search and rescue
· Civil defence
· Natural disaster responses
· Dogs stuck down rabbit holes
· People stuck in lifts and structures
· Vegetation fires
· And of course, they also offer fire safety advice!
Their love of where they live and the community they serve means they not only carry out tasks above but they also do more for the Waikanae community like the Christmas Santa Lolly Run, Top town, Kapanui School slip and slide & the ride to school in a fire truck competition. They also have a Sky tower climb team who raises funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ with over $15,000 raised over the last few years.
Volunteering isn’t just about firefighting there are MANY roles that are carried out by Waikanae locals from volunteer brigade support, operational support to of course operational firefighters.
We love this group of people and all they do, so please come along and join us on November 22nd at the Kapiti Indoor Market where your gold coin donation will be going to this amazing brigade and help them continue to be there when you need them!
For More information on the WVFB or becoming a volunteer please contact: Waikanae@fireandemergency.co.nz