New fire trucks and accolades for Clarence Valley volunteers


NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has presented three
brand new fire trucks to RFS brigades across the Clarence Valley, and has praised the
commitment of the District's volunteer firefighters.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons presented 38 members with Long Service and National medals at
an official ceremony at Clarence Valley Fire Control Centre, where he said that
volunteers are the backbone of the NSW Rural Fire Service.

"All of the men and women being recognised here today have served with distinction; together
they have accumulated more than 1,300 years of service which is an incredible

"In particular I would like to acknowledge Leslie Skinner, John Harvey, Tom Watkins, Ken
Ellem, John Murphy and Jim Fricker. These gentlemen have each dedicated more than 50
years to their brigades.

"Their ongoing selfless commitment to the safety of their communities is an inspiration, and like
everyone here today, they are most worthy of our gratitude and thanks," Commissioner
Fitzsimmons said.

Southampton Rural Fire Brigade was also presented with the Commissioner's Certificate of
Commendation for its outstanding performance during an incident in 2010.

"The crews responded to a particularly dangerous scenario and went about their work
professionally and effectively with little thought about their own well-being. This is
demonstrative of the calibre of members that the NSW RFS is fortunate to have."

Commissioner Fitzsimmons also formally handed over three new fire trucks worth more than
half a million dollars to the Ashby, Pillar Valley and Woombah Rural Fire Brigades.

"The NSW RFS is committed to ensuring that our volunteers are equipped the necessary
equipment needed in order to go about their duties. These new vehicles are replacing older
models and will enable crews to continue their outstanding work.

"Whilst our members don't volunteer for awards or accolades, today is the ideal opportunity for
the Clarence Valley and wider NSW community to express our sincere thanks for their ongoing
contribution," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

For inquiries or interviews contact the NSW RFS State Duty Media Officer: 9898 1855

Contact Name: State Duty Media Officer

Contact Phone: 02 9898 1855