Mark Montgomery
  • 67, Male
  • Whangarei
  • New Zealand
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Australian Bushfires

Started this discussion. Last reply by ffemt19 Feb 7, 2009. 1 Reply

Vote for Matt Cox - Wildfire Today Dirtiest Job Candidate

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Training for Animal Rescues

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Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Assistant or Deputy Chief
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Maungakaramea Voluntary Rural Fire Force
Years With Department/Agency
11 years
Web Site:
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Firefighter - Henderson Volunteer Fire Brigade, Auckland, NZ
Station Officer (Captain) - Waitemata Volunteer Fire Brigade, Auckland, NZ
My Training:
Basic firefighter; advanced firefighter; officer training; wildland firefighter basic skills; wildland fire officer; IMT roles.
Also trained in Hazmat response and investigation, and as a wildland fire IMT Safety Officer.
About Me:
Married for 31 years. Three children and 2 grandsons.
Day Job:
Health and Safety Inspector (Federal)
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Started chasing fire engines at 20. Decided that it would be more fun to be on them so signed up as a volunteer firefighter and have been involved on and off ever since.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Helping my community
Top Issues Facing Responders:
The biggest issue has to be getting volunteers who are available for working hours calls.

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R.I.P. Stuart (Stu) Brandt

Posted on January 16, 2010 at 4:00am 1 Comment

R.I.P. Stuart Brandt.

Passed away aged 70 years in Paris, Illinois, USA on 14th January 2010.

Stu was early Editor of the New Zealand FireLines Magazine as well as a Fire Photographer and Fire Buff.

He had a lot of dealings with the Auckland Metropolitan Fire Brigade during the transition in the 1970's to a nationalised service now known as the New Zealand Fire Service.

He will be sorely missed by his many friends in New Zealand…


Challenges for the new decade

Posted on January 6, 2010 at 5:00am 0 Comments

Now that the new decade has started and having had time to reflect on what I have and have not achieved over the last 10 years it is time to set some goals.

1. Family always comes first;

2. Lose those excess kilograms;

3. Get fit;

4. Remain active and involved not just in firefighting but in my community as well;

5. Keep learning;

6. Continue to promote firefighting as a career choice not just for those who want to do this as paid work but for those people… Continue

5th Alarm and we missed out!

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 5:45am 2 Comments

Paint and soft furnishing shop, plus others lost in a major fire last night in Dargaville (North Islands, New Zealand)

This fire went to a 5th Alarm with over 100 firefighters attending. We were put on station cover but didn't get to roll, just sit and listen. No injuries to firefighters or the public, just property damage.

A firebuff friend happened to be visiting relatives in Dargaville when the fire started and has captured some wonderful… Continue

Happy New Year

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Happy New Year to one and all from the first country in the world (New Zealand) to see 2009 arrive. The time here has just clicked over midnight.

I hope the new year brings your dreams to fruition and fills your life with the things you desire.

LODD Hicks Bay Chief Ray Barrett, 27 December 2008

Posted on December 28, 2008 at 3:00am 3 Comments

I am sitting here feeling very sad over the LODD of Ray Barrett who was killed when the truck he was responding to a motor vehicle crash in rolled off the road yesterday just north of Hicks Bay at Waihau Bay.

Of even more concern for me is that the 30 year old truck involved, a Bedford MK65 is the same as what my unit is running.

Having seen some… Continue

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At 1:25am on May 9, 2010, PHIL said…
hi m8 how are u what is new in nz
At 6:51pm on November 8, 2009, Ben 'Snapper' Auger said…
Hey Mark, thanks for the add.

How are things up in Whangarei?
At 2:37am on July 21, 2009, Mary said…
At 5:27am on July 20, 2009, Rabee said…
hi mark haw are you
I hope you are good and your family
Tell me aboute your work
At 12:50am on June 7, 2009, Mary said…
At 5:27am on April 24, 2009, Rabee said…
hi mark haw are you
At 8:18pm on February 3, 2009, Joseph Taipeti said…
Have an xcellent year bro. weve alrready kkicked off with a number of incidents from the begining of the year. calls2 daqte 30. and we think it will go higher this year. this time we had 10.
so enjoy the year mate. and keep safe.
At 1:26am on January 12, 2009, Becky said…
Thank you Mark
At 2:26pm on December 31, 2008, mike hobbins said…
a good new year to you too bud! minus 4 and freezin fog! dont you just love an english winter.
At 9:36pm on December 29, 2008, Rocket said…
Mark, Apologies for the late reply to your request mate. Managed to get xmas off this year so have been on holidays with the computer & phone turned off. Back to reality now however. You may know an accquaintance of mine over there, a Paul Baker from the National Rural Fire Authority. We worked together in the Melbourne Emergency Operations Centre during the 2006 Victorian Fires.
Anyhow Welcome Mark & a safe & prosperous new year to you & yours.

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