Volunteers work to open new Eastbank Rural Fire Brigade HQ
DEDICATION and hard work of volunteers resulted in the opening of the new headquarters of the Eastbank Rural Fire Brigade at Coramba.
Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons used the occasion to present long service medals and national medals to 10 volunteers who have amassed an impressive 156 years of service between them.
"This significant milestone demonstrates that the tradition of volunteering is thriving in this region," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
"Each of these men and women provide a vital service to their community, whether they're fighting bush fires, attending road accidents or providing fire safety information."
The commissioner also took the opportunity to congratulate volunteers on the five newest additions to their fire fighting fleet, noting the new fire trucks would advance local fire fighting efforts.
"The NSW RFS is committed to providing volunteer fire-fighters with the equipment they need to carry out the important work they do in protecting their local communities from fire," he said.
"These new vehicles are replacing older style models and will allow fire-fighters to continue providing a high level of emergency service to residents in the Mid North Coast."
During the ceremony Commissioner Fitzsimmons also urged the Eastbank Rural Fire Brigade to be proud of their new station, which is the culmination of years of hard work by volunteers.
"This station is testament to how diligently and tirelessly the Eastbank Brigade has worked to turn their dream of new station into a reality.
"The Brigade outgrew their last station and so did their fire trucks.
"The new station was constructed to house the newer and larger tankers that have been introduced into the brigade."