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Ash fights California Fires

Date: August 26, 2015By: NELMAC MarketingEnvironment, News, Uncategorized
JOYFUL MEETING: Waimea Rural Fire Authority firefighter Ashton Oliver and two of his children, Ruby, 4, and Harry, 6, are reunited at Nelson Airport, after his trip to fight fires in Tasmania. Photo credit: MARION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ | Image sourced from stuff.co.nz

Nelmac’s Ashton Oliver is reunited with family at Nelson Airport, after fighting fires in rural Tasmania in 2013. Photo courtesy Nelson Mail.

With fires raging across the Pacific Northwest of the US, the skills and experience of Nelmac’s Rural Fire Fighters have again been called on to support our Pacific neighbours.

Well used to heading across the Tasman, this month’s US request for  international support has seen the head of Nelmac’s rural fire crew Ashton  (Ash) Oliver head off to assist. Along with Ian Reade, principal fire officer for the Waimea Rural Fire Network, Ash will be working 12-hour days fighting forest fires across steep terrain.

In 2013, Ash was one of four Nelmac team members sent to Australia as part of a previous Waimea Rural Fire Authority contingent.  Along with 13 other Nelmac employees,  Ash has undergone training in Fire and Rescue and Fire fighter safety in Wildfires.

Nelmac maintains a permanent team of 12+ qualified fire fighters available to tackle rural fires in the Nelson Region. In addition to this, the company supports these staff to assist in emergency fire situations further afield, when called upon to do so.