Dipton brigade celebrates 50 years’ service

Founding Dipton Volunteer Fire Brigade members, wearing original uniforms, put out a fire using an original pump (1971).
A demonstration of a car accident rescue. Photos: Supplied

LAST weekend was a time of celebration with the Dipton Volunteer Fire Brigade marking its 50th anniversary.

Dipton Chief Fire Officer Adrian Harris said about half of the brigade’s original members were able to attend the day of activities, along with their families.

“They came from all over the South Island.”

Fire Brigade Member Robert O’Callaghan and his son Alexander (1) check out the Otago Rescue helicopter.

Some of them even took part in a demonstration involving them extinguishing a pallet fire clad in long retired uniforms and equipment.

These days, there were 26 firefighters, including specialists in first response.

Activities on Saturday included a visit from the Otago Rescue Helicopter, a dinner, public displays and demonstrations.

These involved a motor vehicle accident rescue demonstration, assisted by the Lumsden Fire Brigade using the jaws of life, as well as car fire extinguishing.

On Friday night a social get-together was held at the station.

Mr Harris said the demonstrations were his favourite as it showed what it was all about -rescuing people.

About 80 people attended the event.