New fire trucks and Long Service Medals for Central West volunteers


NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has congratulated eight NSW RFS volunteers from Canobolas RFS brigades who have been recognised for their long and outstanding service.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said the volunteers from the Rivers, North Bangaroo and Waugoola brigades have all made an invaluable contribution to local communities and are the backbone of the NSW RFS.

"Between them, these men and women have served with distinction for more than 150 years. "I would particularly like to acknowledge Ross McNab and Ian Pengilly who have been committed to the NSW RFS for more than 30 and 20 years respectively. Their dedicated and steadfast leadership skills have served the Rivers brigade well and, like all the recipients here today, they are well deserving of the community's thanks.

"All of the members being recognised today are shining examples of the selfless commitment demonstrated by volunteers across NSW," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

The volunteers were presented with their medals at a ceremony at Cowra Shire Council Chambers where Commissioner Fitzsimmons also handed over the keys to four new bush fire trucks worth a quarter of a million dollars.

"The NSW RFS is committed to ensuring that our volunteers have the necessary equipment needed in order to go and carry out their valuable work. "These new tankers are replacing the older style vehicles and will help the volunteers continue protecting their communities in times of emergency," he said.

"These men and women each play an integral role in their community, whether fighting bush fires or assisting during storms, floods or road accidents. It's inspiring to present these awards in recognition of their years as committed volunteers".

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