NSW RFS Commissioner to congratulate Mid Coast volunteers for service


Members of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Mid Coast District will be recognised for their dedication and achievements in protecting communities at a special ceremony to be held tonight in Taree.

NSW RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers AFSM will be joined by Mid Coast Council Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Tickle to present 108 Long Service Medals, nine National Medals, and Commissioner’s Certificates of Commendation to members at the Taree RSL and Golf Club.

Commissioner Rogers said the Long Service Medal recipients had together given a total of more than 2,100 years of service.

“The members being recognised tonight with medals and or clasps range from 10 to 50 years of service,” Commissioner Rogers said.

“While all should be congratulated, special mention is given to Mark Lewis who will be receiving awards for his 50 years of service.

“Joining the North Arm Cove Brigade in 1972, Mark helped to build their station with fellow members and their families. Mark then rose through the ranks as a volunteer and then became a staff member, serving as Acting District Manager of the Great Lakes District from 2006 before retiring in 2010.

“Returning to the North Arm Cove Brigade, Mark continues to mentor fellow members and pass on his wealth of knowledge and experience, a common quality of our volunteers being recognised tonight.”

Commissioner Rogers will also present a Commissioner’s Certificate of Commendation to Tania Burger for her assistance during the 2019/2020 fire season.

The Commissioner’s Commendation recognises service or outstanding actions in relation to fire service duties, administrative leadership, or exemplary performance of a specific project or task.

“Tania devoted more than 500 hours in her role as a Hastings Communication’s Brigade member and Aviation Radio Operator. Assisting in the coordination of aircraft and vehicles, her professionalism and exceptional dedication make her worthy of this special recognition,” Commissioner Rogers said.

“I would like to take this time to praise all our volunteers for their ongoing efforts each and every day, particularly when dealing with emergencies here on the Mid Coast.

“We also thank the family, friends, employers and colleagues of all NSW 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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