Last weekend, the Woodend VFB celebrated 50 years as a local brigade. Before 1961, they had been a fire party, like that at Waikuku Beach these days.
They celebrated with a tour of their engines, plus quite a few from neighbouring brigades, through the town. There followed an open day at the station.
It is not generally known that the majority of firefighters throughout New Zealand are volunteers, just like these men and women.
We depend on the volunteer fire brigades to keep our communities safe – and, unlike most other volunteers, these folk are on call night and day.