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Selwyn Times: February 21, 2018

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4 Wednesday February 21 2018 Latest Christchurch news at News SELWYN TIMES Lincoln Fire Station celebrates Many volunteer firefighters have served at the Lincoln Fire Station over the last five decades. Georgia O’Connor-Harding caught up with some of them ahead of the building’s 50th anniversary ONE OF the busiest fire brigades in Selwyn has celebrated another milestone. The Lincoln Fire Station has been serving the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade for 50 years with its official anniversary on Saturday. The station was opened at James St on February 17, 1968. The building was given the green-light by the Ellesmere County Council and the cost of construction was £6939. The brigade was established in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th jubilee at the Lincoln Event Centre in October 2013. Former firefighter Jack Bond, who joined the brigade in about 1966, recalls the new station making “a lot of difference” for the firefighters when it was first constructed. The brigade was originally stationed at a building known as W.A Habgood’s hardware store. Its use was offered to the brigade by Pyne Gould Guinness Ltd until April 1964. The owner, W.A Habgood Ltd, then allowed the brigade to continue occupying the premises as a temporary fire station until the new station was built. Said Mr Bond: “We didn’t have a station to start with – we had a shed. They allowed us to put our appliance in and another shed on the other side of the road was where we stored all of our equipment,” he said. While Mr Bond, 87, said he didn’t have a role in the construction of the station, he was involved in helping clear away shrub vegetation and trees at James St. REMINISCE: Former firefighter and life honorary member Jack Bond was in the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade when its station was built 50 years ago. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER He said he had seen several alterations to the building over the years as well as changes within the brigade. The alterations included extending the kitchen out the back of the building, and workshops on the side of the building were converted into offices. Mr Bond, who is a life honorary member, left the brigade in 1987 after serving for nearly 20 years. He said being in the fire brigade wasn’t as “full-on” as it is now – especially considering how many motor vehicle accidents and medical emergencies firefighters now attend. The brigade’s longest serving firefighter, Stephen Paston, who has worked out of the station for 41 years, said the increase in vehicle accidents was a key reason the brigade had grown in volunteer numbers. ON THE DOMAIN LINCOLN 3 MARCH 2018 nine bands. one day. THE FEELERS MENTAL AS ANYTHING THE MOCKERS STELLAR THE NARCS THE LADY KILLERS THE WARRATAHS canterbury modified, saloon & production saloon champs plus super stock remembrance champs sat, february 24 th 7pm start doubledays road kaiapoi infoline 03 364 8833 adults $20, seniors $10, children $5, under 5 yrs Free family pass $40 (2 adults & up to 4 children 14yrs & under) ROLLESTON LAW Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace Tickets ON SALE NOW W: T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 E: E: E:

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday February 21 2018 5 half a century “When I joined, there was only about 18-20 members. Now we are looking at about close to 40,” he said. But Mr Paston said in the brigade’s early years, while there probably were a lot of car accidents, the difference was the brigade didn’t have the rescue equipment it has now. Last year, the brigade was the first in the country to get a new appliance featuring the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand branding. READY FOR ACTION: Jack Bond (fourth from left) with his fellow brigade members outside the station in 1971. Behind them is the Bedford OLB appliance (left) and the Dodge Kew on loan from Lincoln College. The appliance was designed to respond to vehicle crashes and carries significant specialist equipment as well as medical supplies. Mr Paston said the brigade has received four brand new appliances in his time at the station – including three Iveco vehicles and a Hino. The brigade has responded to many major emergencies over the years, including the Selwyn Rd fire in 2013, the Canterbury earthquakes and Port Hills fire. Chief fire officer Jeremy Greenwood said the station’s 50th was a milestone worth celebrating. He said the station was originally built for a membership of 15-20, but alterations over the years have kept it fit for purpose. The brigade will celebrate the anniversary with a barbecue at the station on Saturday. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you have memories of the Lincoln Fire Station when it was first built? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ • By Emily O’Connell WIGRAM MP Megan Woods and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage are seeking options from government departments to help address quarrying issues in Templeton and Weedons. It comes after a meeting with residents last week. Dr Woods said she and Ms Sage will be seeking advice on a variety of options over the coming week. “Once we have received that advice we will update the residents,” she said. This follows news that Fulton Hogan will not be developing another quarry in spite of speculation, 115ha in size, on Dawsons, Maddisons and Jones Rds. The firm has a licence to carry out exploratory work on the city council-owned land. But the company has confirmed the “nearby block of land owned by the city council does not form part of the preparations for the Dawsons Rd proposal and Fulton Hogan has no plans to apply to put a quarry there.” Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk MPs seek options to address quarry issues Fulton Hogan already has plans to quarry for up to 40 years on a 170ha section of land next door. It also has a proposal for a third site of 21ha on Curraghs Rd. Dr Woods said it was a productive meeting where she and Ms Sage could listen first hand to the concerns of residents. Templeton and Weedons residents have expressed their concerns about the health risks, water issues and the devaluing of properties at public meetings in the past couple of months. Fulton Hogan’s South Island general manager Craig Stewart told Selwyn Times the company will “support public notification which will enable residents and businesses to make submissions on the consent applications.” Templeton Residents’ Association chairman Garry Kilday said he “expected” it to be publicly notified given the “scale of opposition.” He has invited Fulton Hogan to meet with the association and then attend a community meeting. “We look forward to receiving a response to our invite,” Mr Kilday said. This year, make it Falcon exciting! Come and see our new sections at Falcon’s Landing. Pop in to our sales and information office, 17 Branthwaite Drive, this Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Or call 03 741 1340 or email anytime. Ange brought her favourite orange lights to us. So we worked with her to build a colour palette around them. Start your own story 03 348 1994 |