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Selwyn Times: September 05, 2018

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28 Wednesday September 5 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Our People SELWYN TIMES Cameron Moffat Teen firefighter following in father’s Cameron Moffat, 17, is the youngest firefighter in the Rolleston volunteer brigade. He talks to Emily O’Connell about what it’s like to be a first responder and the mock car crash initiative he organised at Lincoln High School How did you become a firefighter? My dad Bruce has been in the Rolleston Volunteer Fire Brigade for 15 years, so I’ve sort of been around the station quite a bit and it’s something I’ve been enjoying. I’m also with St John Youth so I do quite a bit of first aid and joining the fire brigade gets my abilities up in first aid because we are first responders here at Rolleston. Is it weird being in the same fire brigade as your dad? Or quite cool? Weird sometimes. He’s in the same crew as me so that’s how I get to the station because I’m not on my full licence at the moment. It’s good to have him around and I can talk to him about stuff I’ve seen. When did you join the Rolleston Volunteer Fire Brigade? I joined Easter 2017. How have you found it so far? I’ve found it really good. It’s been a good experience so far and definitely a lot different to the average teenager. How many hours a week do you spend firefighting? Every Wednesday for two hours for training and then once every four weeks we are on-call from 6am on Monday to 6am the following Monday during the night, and then Friday, 6pm, until 6am on Monday, we’re on the whole weekend. Have you always wanted to be 100% CapItal GaIn to the ResIDent ENDURANCE: Cameron Moffat, 17, competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge. ​ a firefighter? It’s definitely something I’ve looked into a lot more now I’m older, and I’m thinking about definitely going career firefighting after I leave school. Other than your dad, are there any other firefighters in your family? My grandfather Ken Flockton used to be. Can you tell me about your first call-out as a firefighter? My first call-out would have been a motor vehicle accident on Old West Coast Rd at about 6.30am and I was on traffic control and then went to school $1,000 FullY ReFunDable DeposIt after. How did you feel? Were you nervous? A little bit, but I enjoyed it. Since then I’ve been to a lot more. What has been the most memorable call-out you’ve been to and why? The most memorable would be a young lady who stopped breathing and we ended up resuscitating her. And about three months ago she came down to the fire station and thanked us. What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt from being a firefighter? I guess don’t keep stuff in and definitely communication. Is that when you’re out on a job or when you’re processing what you’ve experienced? Yes, both. You need good communication on the fire round to make sure everyone’s well informed. How do you process some of the things you see at such a young age? Talking to dad or talking to my officer. My officer is quite high up in St John so he’s quite good to talk to when that sort of stuff happens. What subjects do you take? I’m taking biology, three PEs and media. What is your favourite subject? Probably media, quite enjoy film and that sort of stuff. Can you tell me about what sports you’re involved in? I play football, touch and tennis and I do basketball refereeing. I also do firefighter combat. How do you balance school, firefighting, sport and everything else going on? Pretty much every day of the week I have something either fire-related or school-related or sport, and I don’t know how I balance it. Mum and dad drive me a lot of places so I guess without them it’s quite hard to get around. I’m also in the Rolleston Road Crash Rescue Team. So when we’re training for that and I’ve got combat training and school, it gets quite busy. What hobbies do you have? I do St John Youth so that’s every Monday. neW shoW hoMe open MonDaY to FRIDaY 10am to 2pm E S T A T E Phone. 03 421 7796 | Email. sales@woodcroftestate.co.nz WOODCROFT WAY, 28 KENDON DRIVE, ROLLESTON, CANTERBURY Rolleston’s neW ReGIsteReD RetIReMent vIllaGe • Initial weekly fee of $75 includes rates & full insurance • Gated community and emergency call button in each villa • Two & three bedroom villas with single/double garage from $400,000 • On Site Manager and a Pavilion and Bowling Green • Weekend viewing by appointment • Call Corinne 021 821 683 www.manorgroup.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday September 5 2018 29 footsteps What’s involved in being part of St John Youth? It’s a cadet programme from ages six to 18. And it’s just camps, learning about first aid, doing a whole heap of badges, good social aspect, and then if you want to go into paramedicine, or something like that, then it’s a step ahead in that area. How long have you been involved in St John Youth? I’ve been in 10 years, starting out from six-years-old. I guess with dad being in fire, I wanted to do that because fire doesn’t have a cadetship, so St John was something interesting and I’ve enjoyed it since. What are your plans for when you finish school? At the moment, I’m looking at an apprenticeship either in building or heavy diesel, doing that for a couple years. And either going and becoming a paid firefighter or a policeman and possibly a paramedic, see where I’ll go. Something to do with the emergency services is definitely a goal. What are some of your dreams you hope to achieve? Travel the world. I love travelling and, yes, be successful and follow my heart with what I want to do. What’s your favourite place that you’ve travelled to? Probably London. I love London. But I’ve been to quite a few other places. Probably Dubai is up there as well as one of my favourite places. Do you have any siblings? I have a younger sister Gabriella and she’s just turned 16-years-old. She’s really into her netball and performing arts. How long have you lived in Rolleston? 13 years. GOOD CAUSE: Cameron (first on left) In full kit in the relay for life this year. What do you enjoy about living in Rolleston and the Selwyn district? The community’s pretty cool. There’s lots of events and a great culture and that sort of stuff. It’s really close to everything – ski, alps and ocean. What advice would you give to other young people? Recently I’ve done a mock crash at Lincoln High School. So I was the dude who came up with the idea. I lost one of my good mates – Burgundy-Rose Brown – earlier this year in a car accident and there’s been people that I’ve known who were killed in the Boxing Day crash two years ago. So I guess that was sort of my message to the school and the community – like don’t drive with no seat belt, drive with a person with a correct licence that sort of stuff. It went really well. TOGETHER: Ann Thornton hopes changes to the Cemeteries Bylaw 2013 will allow her and others in the same position to secure eco-burial plots close to their loved ones. Bid to allow pre-purchase of eco-burial plots • By Matt Salmons ANN THORNTON wants to be buried alongside her husband in an environmentally friendly way. But she is worried Diamond Harbour’s eco-burial site will fill up before her time comes. The site, the first available for both Banks Peninsula and Christchurch residents, opened in November with 12 plots. Less than a year later, two plots have been filled and the Green Burials Group has an email list of 70 people interested in eco-burial. Mrs Thornton has lived in Diamond Harbour for 22 of her 83 years. Her husband of 60 years, Jim, died in October and was the first to be buried at the eco-burial site. With no pre-purchasing allowed at the site, she fears all the plots will be taken up. “My family are firm they don’t want me to die soon,” she laughed. “When people ask me and I say I can’t be buried next to Jim, they’re horrified.” It was like a race she did not want to win, but with a prize she wanted, she said. And the issue will be faced by others in the same situation. She does not mind if her plot is not immediately adjacent to Jim’s, but doesn’t want to be in a completely different cemetery. The only other cemetery with an eco-burial area is Yaldhurst, almost an hour away. “But that’s a jolly nuisance for my family, you know? Other people are going to be in the same position as me,” Mrs Thornton said. She hopes the city council will revisit the issue during the current Cemeteries Bylaw 2013 and Handbook review and allow the pre-purchasing of eco-burial plots for those who have partners buried there. She also wants an assurance from the city council that another designated eco-burial site will open in Diamond Harbour in the future. With the support of the Green Burials Group, Mrs Thornton is encouraging people to submit to the city council on the Bylaw review. Submissions close on Monday. On behalf of the group, Mrs Thornton recently met with the Banks Peninsula Community Board to ask it to consider the issue in any submissions it makes. 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