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Written by John Jones, The Gisborne Herald   
Thursday, 16 April 2009

FIRE-READY: These two vehicles, seen at just about every rural fire for the past decade, will have different drivers from next month. The man who heads DoC’s rural fire team, Trevor Mitchell (left), and his Gisborne District Council counterpart Don Scott (right) are both leaving the district. Picture by Paul Rickard

WITHOUT an efficient rural fire service, this district could face disastrous fires not only costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, but possibly costing lives.

That is the view of two men who should know - Gisborne District Council's Don Scott and DoC's Trevor Mitchell who, after attending dozens of fires together, are both moving this month.

Mr Mitchell, DoC's technical support officer fire and the fire district's deputy principal rural fire officer, finishes this week and is moving to a similar job in Dunedin, while Mr Scott carries on to the end of this month before moving to Hawke's Bay.

The two have combined to fight the district's rural vegetation fires over the past decade.

Trevor Mitchell, originally a forest manager, joined DoC from the Bay of Plenty 11 years ago.

Don Scott has been a firefighter for 44 years.

His first experience was as a 12-year-old messenger with the volunteer fire service at Ngunguru...

His first experience was as a 12-year-old messenger with the volunteer fire service at Ngunguru in Northland.

He spent 20 years as a professional firefighter in Auckland before coming to Gisborne in 1993 and joining the council staff in 1996.

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