Celebrations for Medlow Bath Rural Fire Brigade on 60th anniversary


RFS members will gather in Medlow Bath today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Medlow Bath Rural Fire Brigade and present members with medals in recognition of their dedication and service.

RFS Chief Superintendent Greg Wardle said all members past and present should be proud of the brigade’s history and the service it has provided within the Blue Mountains community.

“The Medlow Bath Brigade has a proud history of protecting not only its local community but many areas further across the state as well,” Superintendent Wardle said.

“Sixty years on from its humble beginnings, the brigade now boasts more than 90 members and has seen great progress, from the early basic equipment on hand to the modern, well equipped and professional brigade it is today.”

Chief Superintendent Wardle said the Medlow Bath Brigade continues to be very active and responds to not only bush fires, but also structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and assisting the NSW SES with storm damage and at incidents out of area and interstate.

“I know the community is in safe hands with such a dedicated group of volunteers and I thank current and former members for their commitment and the service they provide,” he said.

Chief Superintendent Wardle said this celebration was an opportunity to not only congratulate the brigade on this anniversary but also thank members for their ongoing commitment and service, with the presentation of a National Medal and a Long Service Medal.

“I particularly want to congratulate Kenneth Shaw on receiving the Long Service Medal 1st, 2nd and 3rd Clasps for 48 years’ service,” Chief Superintendent Wardle said.

“Since joining the RFS in 1974, Kenneth has held numerous positions and been a valued member of the Service.

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

“We must also thank the family, friends, employers and colleagues of these and all volunteers. We know it takes their support to help our members do what they do to save lives and property.”

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