They risk their lives to help others.

They are the people that endanger their own safety by driving towards fires, rather than away from them.

They attend the scene of car crashes, participate in rescue efforts and are even on hand in the event of a civil defence emergency.

They are the Koitiata rural fire brigade, a team of nine who are paid in gratitude not in gold and volunteer their services for the good of their community.

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And for years they were combating fires with second-hand and second-rate equipment, but they are finally being upgraded after a changing of