Long serving Blue Mountains volunteers honoured


Volunteer firefighters from the Blue Mountains had their long and dedicated service recognised during an official ceremony this week.

NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Assistant Commissioner Steve Yorke presented Long Service Medals to a group of 38 volunteers who have amassed an impressive 697 years of service between them.

“This significant commitment demonstrates that the tradition of volunteering is thriving in this region,” Assistant Commissioner Yorke said.

“Each of these men and women provide a vital service to their community, whether they’re fighting bush fires, attending road accidents or assisting during storms or floods.

“It is an honour to present these awards and reflect upon the outstanding achievements of these members.
Assistant Commissioner Yorke said the Long Service Medal recipients demonstrate the same selfless commitment shown by all NSW RFS volunteers.

“I would particularly like to acknowledge Phil Selma and Frank Vincent, who are today receiving awards for more than 40 years dedicated service to the community.

“Their hard work and professionalism doesn’t go unnoticed and this is a great opportunity for the broader community to express their gratitude and say thank you.

“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 in the Blue Mountains area,” said Assistant Commissioner Yorke.