Local MP, Todd Muller, is today celebrating International Firefighters Day with the local team at Mount Maunganui station.

“I’m proud to support our local firefighters in Mount Maunganui, and firefighters right across New Zealand, who do a fantastic job protecting life and property in our communities”

“It takes a special kind of person to take on this kind of work, or volunteer, and they sacrifice a lot to keep us all safe”

“Last year, firefighters from the Mount Maunganui station responded to 782 incidents. Half of these could have been prevented if building owners had kept up with building maintenance, and followed correct procedures when contractors were undertaking work on site” .

“Our local firefighters do a fantastic job but you can help them out by following these simple safety steps this winter”

  • Keep a clear space around your heater or fireplace. Kids, curtains, couches and washing all need to be at least a metre away.
  • Make sure your electric blanket is always flat on the bed and that the controls or cords are not twisted. Replace your electric blanket every five years.
  • Make sure you clean out the lint filter in your dryer after each cycle, don’t overload it and make sure it is properly ventilated.
  • Dispose of ashes safely. Put them in a metal bucket with a lid, then thoroughly douse with water. Ashes can stay hot enough to start a fire for up to five days.

“I had a great time this morning connecting with some salt of the earth, community minded locals who have an extraordinary job. We owe them a great deal of thanks and today is about acknowledging them, their families and their service” Mr Muller concluded.

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