Published in: Kokiri Issue 12 - Hakihea - Kohitātea 2008
The Ratana Pā Volunteer Fire Brigade supports not only its own community in times of need, but also the neighbouring communities of Whangaehu and Turakina. The Ratana community provided shelter and support for those affected by the devastating floods of 2004 and 2006 – and the Fire Brigade played a key part in that mahi. The community, guests and dignitaries gathered for the official opening of its new fire station on 18 October. It was a great day for the Brigade but also for the wider community, who can feel secure knowing that these volunteers are now well resourced to continue their valuable mahi.