Long serving Hawkesbury firefighters honoured


NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) firefighters from across the Hawkesbury region had their long and dedicated service recognised during an official ceremony this evening.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons presented Long Service Medals and National Medals to a group of 63 members who have amassed an impressive 1281 years of service between them.

"This significant commitment demonstrates that the tradition of volunteering is thriving in this region," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

"It is an honour to present these awards and reflect upon the outstanding achievements of these members."

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said the medal recipients demonstrate the same selfless commitment shown by all NSW RFS members.

"All of the members here today have demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to their community over the years."

"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."

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said the 21 brigades in the Hawkesbury area respond to a range of bush, grass and house fires, as well as motor vehicle accidents and other emergencies, each year.

"The NSW RFS is at the cutting edge of bush firefighting due to significant improvements in technology, training, equipment and communications, however the real strength of the Service is its people," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

"These men and women have been part of the Service during an incredible period of growth and transformation and the experience and knowledge within their ranks illustrates this."