In 1965 a group of Mangawhai locals set a up a volunteer fire brigade using a trailer to carry their firefighting equipment.
With the help from local fundraising and the council, they eventually got properly set up and became an official rural fire force. But there are still changes coming and things to fundraise for.
“In 2004 the fire force was amalgamated into the New Zealand Fire Service as a joint rural and urban brigade under Des Partington as chief fire officer. The brigade has continued in this form until the present time, with the next change coming on Saturday, July 1, with an amalgamation of all New Zealand Fire Service and Rural firefighters into Fire and Emergency New Zealand,” said Senior Station Officer Rob Leslie.
The brigade also needs a new fire station. “We are aiming for $100,000 for enough funds to provide a state-of-the-art fire station to serve the Mangawhai community. We have a group, Friends of the Brigade, who are coordinating and coming up with ideas to raise the funds, which leaves the firefighters to concentrate on our role of protecting the community,” said Rob.
The current prefab building has limited space as well as structural and environmental issues, making it unsafe and unable to be fully utilised, say the Friends of the Brigade.
You can donate here: givealittle.co.nz/cause/mvfbstation.