I’m only a newbie to firefighting really, compared to some of the guys that have served us. I’ve been a volunteer firefighter for 10 and a half years now, but I always think I should’ve done it 20 years ago.
My parents were dairy farmers and I used to drive past the fire station all the time. I always used to look at the fire station and think ‘I should go in there’. And then one day, I finally did.
It brings a lot of comfort to people, that we’re there to help whether it’s big or small – we could be going to somebody's house because their smoke alarm is beeping, or it could be something bigger like a fire or medical emergency. It's quite rewarding to see they're happy and relieved, to be getting help from somebody.
I've been at Fonterra for about 23 years or so now. I changed jobs three years ago, to the energy sector from manufacturing. And it’s the best thing I ever did, there’s always something new to learn and I really enjoy that. I love it."