THEY'VE become recognised faces in the community for the role they played in SES but the time has come to move on and enjoy retirement for one passionate couple.
Coffs Harbour SES Rescue Team Leaders Athol and Ruth Dorrington have laid their uniforms down for the final time after 25 years of service and are ready to enjoy their time travelling and relaxing.
It all started with an information day where the couple decided to join so they could put something back into the community and help people when they really needed it.
"We've had a good life and I think there's always someone out there who needs some help,” said Ruth Dorrington.
"We've been part of a family, we stick together, you have to work as a team and we always did.”
"We learnt a lot, for me personally, helping people through storms was the biggest thing, I felt like they really needed us.
"If you're going to be part of an organisation like SES, you have to give them 100%.
"I think more couples should do it together, it means the person whose not on the job at the time understands the time you spend away from home.
The couple plan to stay in Coffs Harbour and enjoy their retirement with plenty of travelling involved.