Name: Steve Smith
Crew Name: Blenheim Rural
Previous crew experience: Nil
Service length: From around February 2016
I am one of the newer members of the local crew and from day one I have been impressed by the attention that is given to safety and training. All I would want from the new organisation is a commitment to continue this.
Why do you volunteer:
I sold my business some years ago and as I had a good run thought it was time I started giving back to the community.
I am married with two daughters (twins, aged 25).
I am originally from Thames and prior to moving to Blenheim in 2003 (my wife’s home town) my business was based in Auckland. In the last few years I have completed four Ironman events and spent two years (off and on) doing voluntary work in the Pacific. I was there teaching commerce and business. My favourite place was Malaita in the Solomon Islands.
Fire fighters in the Solomon Islands have a local name which translates to ‘Miracle Workers’. When I queried this they said that their equipment and gear is so out-dated if they can actually get to a fire it is a miracle.