Fire chief calls
YOU know the hard slog is worth it when the big boss gives you a pat on the back.
Mylestom's close-knit band of volunteer firefighters were the stars of the show when Rural Fire Service chief, Phil Koperberg, paid them a special visit on Saturday.
The commissioner officially opened the refurbished Mylestom Rural Fire Brigade headquarters in Rowley Street and thanked brigade members for their unstinting dedication to keeping their community safe.
The $50,000 station makeover increased the size of the building from one to two bays and incorporated a small kitchen and other amenities.
The height was also raised to accommodate a new fire tanker for the brigade, which Mr Koperberg handed over during Saturday's ceremony.
He also presented a new dual cab medium-sized tanker to Deervale crews, and Toyota Hiluxes to the Bellingen area's three group captains.
Mr Koperberg had long-service badges and certificates for four Mylestom firefighters, one from Deervale, and a national medallion for Inspector Ron Collingridge.
The Mid North Coast's RFS manager, Warwick Roche, said the Mylestom station improvements would allow brigade members to carry out their important work more efficiently.
"It was a great day for Mylestom. It was great to see so many members of the community in attendance," Mr Roche said.
Mr Koperberg also heaped praise on Bellingen Shire Council for supporting their local RFS.