Firefighters honoured at ceremony
A HOST of Mid North Coast Rural Fire Service firefighters have been honoured at a Coffs Harbour ceremony to celebrate long and dedicated service.
As many as 17 RFS volunteers were recognised with long service medals, while the keys to seven new fire trucks were also handed over to local brigades.
The volunteers from brigades across the Mid North Coast had made an invaluable contribution to local communities and were the backbone of the service, said NSW RFS regional operational manager, Superintendent Bryan Daly.
“Between them, these men and women have served with distinction for more than 450 years,” Supt Daly said. “This is an inspirational achievement and a clear demonstration that the tradition of volunteering is thriving in this region.
“I would particularly like to pay tribute to Col Noble, Eileen Noble and Wal Gately who have each been committed to their local brigades for more than 40 years.
“Their dedicated and steadfast leadership skills have served their communities well.
“And, like all the recipients here today, they are most deserving of today's accolades.”
Seven new fire trucks, worth $1.8 million, are now operational at the Country Club, Fernmount, Coramba, Lowanna, Sandy Beach, Boambee and Bonville rural fire brigades.