Former Fiji man creates history with NZ fire service

Hamendra Sundar, his wife Kiran and family members after the awards ceremony where he was awarded the Gold Star for his services to the New Zealand Fire Service. Picture: SUPPLIED

A FORMER Fiji man has created history with the New Zealand Fire Service.

Seventy-one-year-old Hamendra Sundar has become the first Fiji Indian to complete 25 years of volunteering with the New Zealand Fire Service, serving at the Wellsford Fire Station.

Sundar, a former businessman from Suva, was recently awarded a Gold Star for his volunteer services to the station. also reported that he was also awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 2007, and an International Volunteer Award in 2011.

He now urges others in the Indian community to become involved in volunteer service in the many service organisations in the country.

“Not only the Fire Service, but there are other organisations like St John’s, Coastguard Rescue, Police, and others where volunteers are needed,” Sundar was reported saying in the interview.

“There are many types of help needed like fire rescues, road rescues, animal rescues, farm rescues and forest fires.”

Sundar, who worked as a supervisor at Irwin Industrial Tool Company in Auckland, is no stranger to volunteering in the community.

He was president of West Auckland Arya Samaj from 2005 to 2007, and national president of Arya Samaj Pratinidhi Sabha New Zealand for 10 years from 2007.

He was also involved with the Fiji Hindi society and Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji before migrating to New Zealand in 1989, reported.

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