Fire survivor back on job


Hamilton firefighter David Beanland, critically injured in the 2008 Tamahere Icepak coolstore blaze, was back on the front line yesterday tackling Hamilton’s biggest fire since that fatal day.
David Beanland, right, at the Te Rapa fire
Beanland, pictured on the right, was one of 60 firefighters called in to help tackle a fire at Tristram Marine in Te Rapa yesterday, reported the Waikato Times.

Beanland was one of seven firefighters injured in the Tamahere blaze which killed Senior Station Officer Derek Lovell on April 5, 2008.

His face and hands bore the brunt of that explosion which left him seriously burned.

He was discharged from Waikato Hospital after six weeks, to be cared for by a district nurse and his wife Dianne in their Rototuna home.

He returned to duty around the middle of last year.

Mr Beanland previously told the Waikato Times it took some time to come to terms with his injuries.

“I’ve got a whole new appreciation for people who actually have disabilities that they can’t get operated on and get rid of. I became very self-conscious about going out in public,” he told the Times last year.

Despite those injuries he never once thought of giving up the job and was always anxious to get back to work.

(Photo: Donna Walsh, Waikato Times)

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