Celebrations for Albion Park veteran volunteers, station opening and a new tanker


NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Albion Park Brigade have recognised the achievements of veteran volunteers, celebrated the official opening of a new fire station and the handover of a new vehicle this week.

At a ceremony held in Albion Park today, NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons presented 19 Long Service Medals and one National Medal to volunteers in recognition of their ongoing commitment to the local community.

The 20 medal recipients have accumulated a total of 496 years of service between them, with two members having dedicated more than 40 years to their brigade.

“Each of the volunteers being recognised has demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to their community over the years and these medals are our proud acknowledgement of their efforts,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“I know they will continue to serve their local communities for many years to come and share their knowledge, experience and firefighting skills both locally and further afield.”

Commissioner Fitzsimmons also congratulated the members of the Albion Park Rural Fire Brigade (RFB) on the official opening of their new station.

“The new station will enable volunteers to provide an even greater level of protection to the local community.

“I’d like to thank the Shellharbour City Council because without their significant contribution this project wouldn’t have been able to go ahead.”

During the ceremony Commissioner Fitzsimmons also officially handed over a new Category 1 Fire Tanker to the Albion Park Brigade.

"This new fire tanker will enable the brigade to continue their outstanding work, and I would personally like to congratulate everybody on their ongoing hard work and professionalism."

“The NSW RFS, state and local governments are committed to providing volunteer firefighters with the equipment they need to carry out the important work they do to protect their local communities from fire,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.