Fireman Dan recognised with long service medal

The NSW Rural Fire Service’s Central Coast District has celebrated the achievements of 71 dedicated volunteers on Sunday - (Dan Franich - Inset)

A local fireman has been awarded a prestigious long-service medal for his dedication to helping the community at an awards ceremony at Mingara Recreation Club on Sunday, May 16.

Dan Franich from The Bays Rural Fire Brigade received the national medal fourth clasp in recognition of his incredible 61 years of service with the RFS.

The medal, which is ranked immediately after the Commissioner’s Commendation for Service, is awarded to people who have maintained a level of sufficient training and skills to fulfil their duties; and maintain a satisfactory Service record.

Captain of The Bays Brigade, Stephen O’Donoghue, said the Brigade was very proud of Dan and his achievements.

“He is an amazing and committed member who continues to be very committed to active service at the Bays,” O’Donoghue said.

“I’ve known Dan for over 20 years.

“He’s a very very valuable member of the Brigade.”

The NSW Rural Fire Service’s Central Coast District celebrated the achievements of 71 volunteers, with the presentation of 18 national medals and 65 long service medals on Sunday.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said each member recognised on Sunday has contributed between 10 and 61 years of service.

“The 71 local firies being recognised have together given a total of 1,527 years of service to our community,” Crouch said.

Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner, Peter McKechnie, congratulated each of the Central Coast District volunteers on their dedication, commitment and service.

“You only have to look at [the] 2019/20 season to see how hard our skilled firefighters and support crews work to keep us safe when fires and emergency situations threaten,” McKechnie said.

“Last season, many of these volunteers were also helping with grass fires and flood rescues.”

“I would like to take this time to praise all our volunteers for their ongoing efforts each and every day, particularly when dealing with emergencies here on the Central Coast.

“We also thank the family, friends, employers and colleagues of all Rural Fire Service volunteers – we know it takes their ongoing support and patience to assist and enable our volunteers to do what they do to save lives and property.”

Maisy Rae