Firemen recognised for long service

More than 70 Rural Fire Service volunteers on the Coast have been recognised for their service.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Central Coast District celebrated the achievements of 71 volunteers with the presentation of 18 national medals and 65 long service medals on May 16.

NSW RFS Deputy Commissioner, Peter McKechnie, joined State Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, Superintendent Viki Campbell and other special guests to mark the occasion.

Crouch said the 71 recipients had together given a total of 1,527 years of service to the community.

“Each member of the Rural Fire Service recognised as contributed between 10 and 61 years of service, with Daniel Franich from The Bays Brigade receiving the national medal 4th clasp for his incredible 61 years of service.”

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

“You only have to look at 2019/20 season to see how hard our skilled firefighters and support crews work to keep us safe when fires and emergency situations threaten. Last season, many of these volunteers were also helping with grass fires and flood rescues,” he said.

“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.

“The NSW Rural Fire Service is committed to providing volunteer firefighters with the equipment, infrastructure and resources they need to carry out the important work of protecting their local communities from fire and a diverse array of incidents.”

Media release, May 16