Nineteen of the region’s Civil Defence and Emergency Management responders and staff were recognised on Friday and among them was our very own Works Manager Ian Castles.
Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management Director Sarah Stuart-Black presented the recipients with their long service awards, with some people being recognised for more than 30 years of work in the sector.
Chair of the Bay of Plenty CDEM Group Joint Committee, Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless, said it was an honour to be able to recognise the years of service.
“Whether they have responded locally or nationally, given their time voluntarily or even if they are part of the engine room making sure our communities are able to get through a disaster, what they have done is remarkable.
“Without the people in this room, our local communities wouldn’t be what they are today.”
Ian was appointed as Civil Defence Officer for Opotiki District Council in 1990 and is still currently in this role today. Ian is also the Opotiki District Council Principal Rural Fire Officer and a volunteer fireman for the district.
For a full list of all recipients view the original media release on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's website.