RFS brigade commended

Patonga Beach RFS Brigade with other award winners

Patonga Beach (RFS)brigade has been highly commended for its community service and dedication during last summer’s treacherous bushfire season.

The brigade was recognised in Central Coast Council’s Australia Day Awards for their commitment to community safety.

District Manager for Central Coast RFS, Viki Campbell, said she was extremely proud of the crews for their hard work last year.

“They have done an outstanding job – they not only helped locally last summer, but they also did out of area work and helped other communities in their time of need,” Campbell said.

“The RFS responded to hundreds of calls, big and small, and helped contain the fires … we wouldn’t have got through it without those volunteers.

“The work of the volunteers is genuinely outstanding.”

Council credited the brigade for its “high level of community-based fire and emergency services” and its help in minimising the impact of fire through “the highest standards of training, community education, prevention and operational capability”.

Crews from Berkeley Vale RFS and the Spencer RFS Brigade were also highly commended for their work and dedication in last summer’s bushfires.

Maisy Rae