Ziptrek’s boost for resort brigade

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Queenstown’s fireys will face temperatures up to 600 degrees Celsius on an Auckland training course paid for by a resort company’s fundraiser.

A month-long ‘locals day’ campaign by Ziptrek Ecotours raised $8000 for the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Brigade chief Andrew Bary says: “The money raised is enough to send eight volunteers to participate in ‘hot fire’ training which teaches practical hands-on experience for dealing with live fire.

“Our brigade will face up to 600-degree temperatures while wearing and operating breathing apparatus to better understand how fires evolve and spread from different materials.”

Queenstown has one of the biggest and busiest volunteer brigades in the country, with on average 50 volunteers responding to about 400 call-outs per year.

Ziptrek’s raised more than $73,000 since opening in 2009.

It extended its ‘locals’ day’ to a whole month, and 320 locals took to the trees in Ziptober, with half the proceeds donated to the resort brigade.