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Celebration . . . St John Oamaru area executive officer Nikki Wilson with the organisation's birthday cake. PHOTO: SHANNON GILLIES

No-one is ever too old to celebrate a birthday.

Founded in April 1892, St John Oamaru marked its 125th birthday on April 7 recently with cake at its honours and awards ceremony.

Emergency service representatives from North Otago and further afield travelled to Oamaru to help mark the occasion and show their support for their colleagues.

Oamaru ambulance station manager Bob Wilson said what kept people in the organisation was the community-like network it ran.

The average time a volunteer spent at an organisation was up to five years, but the night held service awards for people who volunteered 22, 27 and even 52 years of their time, he said.

“Oamaru people appear to stay longer.”

Oamaru Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Steve Couper said the ambulance service had the support of the brigade.

“We can’t do without them,” Mr Couper said.

“We just rely on them so much. We work really well with them. It’s always nice to see them pass you on the way to a job.”

St John Oamaru executive officer Nikki Wilson said the milestone birthday was “amazing” for her organisation. She said the longevity was due to the capability of the people who worked and volunteered for St John.