RICHIE LAW - CONTROLLER OF BLENHEIM VOLUNTEER RURAL FIRE FORCE
I joined at the inception of Blenheim Rural Fireforce in 2001.
I have been the Fireforce Controller since 2014 and also involved with the Regional Incident Management Team for Marlborough.
I am married to Christine and have two grown up daughters.
Currently I am managing our family vineyard operation. Over the years I have held various positions including mussel checker in the Sounds, arborist, Marriage Celebrant, Cruiseship Captain, water taxi driver, Chief Instructor/instructor at Outward Bound just to name a few.
I have participated in long distance running called ultramarathons, having twice run 100km over mountains and six Kepler Challenges.
In 2013, while on a fire deployment to Victoria Australia, on a day off I made the mistake of going for an extra long run in about 35 degree up a mountain and had to lie in a small creek for 30 mins drinking most of the water. Now I have a sports car and drive there.
One of my highlights has been a deployment to Alberta, Canada. I had the opportunity to drive Chevy trucks, fly in Iroquois helicopters, fight fires in swamps and work with some wonderful people. I was given a Mexican unit to manage at one fire. On the first day at lunch time, having eaten and getting up to start work again, I was politely told to sit down and have a siesta. I really enjoyed working with the Mexicans.......
Over the years I have enjoyed the challenges and opportunities that Rural Fire Fighting has given me and am sure there will be more to come.