Alan Boyd (front right) with a $300 cheque for the Uki brigade with Howard Atkinson (front left)
Alan Boyd (front right) with a $300 cheque for the Uki brigade with Howard Atkinson (front left)

Horse riders rescue fire service



MEMBERS of the cashstrapped Uki Rural Fire Service may soon be able to respond more rapidly to emergencies thanks to the efforts of the Uki Sporting Horse Association.

The association raised $300 for the struggling brigade after hearing that its 30 volunteer members had only four electronic pagers between them.

The service's deputy captain, Mick Dare, said the lack of pagers could prove crucial in emergencies.

"With just four pagers shared between the members it's possible that all four could be out of range when we're needed," said Mr Dare. "We really need more pagers if we are to respond more effectively to emergencies."

Mr Dare said some of the money raised by the association would probably be earmarked for pagers and the rest would be put towards the cost of a new shed.

"The population growth around Uki has exploded in recent years and there's been an unprecedented de- mand for our services," he said.

"Apart from the risk of more fires the upgrade of the Kyogle Road means we are being called out to respond to more accidents."

"We've got the oldest small truck in the shire, but we can't get another truck until we get a shed to house it."

Mr Dare said the service had yet to decide how the money would be spent. The association also raised $800 for the Westpac Rescue Service.



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