A new four-bay garage which houses firefighting vehicles and equipment was officially opened on Saturday in the town of Twizel, in the Mackenzie District. The opening of this new facility will see emergency response organisations working closely together and will help reduce response times.
The new facility was officially opened on Saturday by Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin, who expressed appreciation to the volunteers who give up their time to assist in emergency situations.
"Our communities are stronger when we volunteer. We make a difference when we volunteer,” she said.
Twizel Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Simon Fox said the new garage meant the two brigades could provide a much stronger emergency response to Twizel and the rest of the district.
"We're better able to respond to emergencies as 33 volunteer firefighters specialising in a broader range of fire and emergency skills, rather than 12 rural and 21 urban volunteer firefighters operating as separate brigades," Fox said.
The four-bay garage securely houses equipment including a rural appliance, smoke chaser, command unit, heli-trailer, pump trailer, foam supplies, portable pumps and personal protective equipment.