A shortage of volunteers means the Maketu Volunteer Fire Brigade may soon be unable to guarantee that it will be able to respond to emergencies.

A spokesman said with the loss of several members due to illness and retirement, the brigade is suffering a major shortage of volunteers.

People moving away from the area has added to the problem, he said.

Maketu Fire Brigade members are all volunteers and attend around 230 emergency callouts a year. The brigade are usually the first on the scene at serious car crashes and incidents were people need help urgently.

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Each member gives an average of more than 200 hours of their time to emergency callouts annually, with a further 160 hours devoted to training.

Prospective volunteers should call at the fire station or see the brigade's stall at the Maketu Market.