The brigade used the grant money to purchase new power tools and saws to be carried on their trucks and appliances. Chief Fire Officer Colin Thomson says their old equipment was ready for an upgrade.
“Our previous saws were at least 15 years old. The money helped us purchase two new power saws which are better designed and are going to make our jobs a lot faster and easier.”
The saws are used to cut through material such as weatherboard or decking to help firefighters get to the scene of a fire quicker. The newly purchased saber saw can also cut through metal.
The tools had to be ordered from America and arrived this week. Colin says it’s not just Kamo residents who will benefit.
“As well as our own area we also provide call out support to fire brigades in three surrounding areas so a lot of people are going to benefit from this new equipment.”
Fonterra’s Global Sponsorship Manager Kane Silcock says the Grass Roots Fund supports community initiatives and organisations like the Kamo Volunteer Fire Brigade which help to enrich people’s lives and benefit their community.
“It’s our way of supporting projects and ideas that bring our communities together and make them better, safer and more vibrant places to be. It’s a way to say thanks to the people of New Zealand.”