Northern Rivers volunteers honored for selfless service

More than 70 volunteers and staff of the NSW Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers District have been recognized for their dedication and achievements at a special ceremony in Casino.

Nationals Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis joined RFS Deputy Commissioner Peter McKechnie to present five National and 66 Long Service Medals.

“The volunteers and staff being recognized represent more than 1,500 years of combined service to the RFS and our local communities,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“I know that everyone across the Northern Rivers region is thankful for the world-class level of fire protection and other assistance these RFS members continue to provide.

“I am personally grateful for the work of our dedicated firefighters and their continued service in the face of bush fires, floods and other emergencies.”

Deputy Commissioner McKechnie acknowledged the contribution of Ken McLennan, who is being awarded the Long Service Medal 5th Clasp and has given 60 years’ service.

“Ken began his service with the RFS back in 1960 where he was sworn in as the first Captain of the Woodenbong Brigade a position he held for more than 20 years,” Deputy Commissioner McKechnie said.

“Ken has been the Woodenbong Brigade’s President since 2001 and is a well-experienced member who continues to share that knowledge and experience with others.

“RFS members of the Northern Rivers District have always answered the call, not only assisting with incidents locally and not only for fires but to communities in need, regardless of the emergency across the State.

“The hard work and professionalism of all our members does not go unnoticed and while they do not ask for praise, we should take every opportunity to acknowledge their contribution and commitment to their community.

“We also thank the family, friends, employers and colleagues of all RFS 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.”

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