NSW RFS Firefighters awarded for bravery, dedication and support


The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has honoured twenty individuals and three teams for their outstanding achievements and dedication today on St Florian's day (the Patron Saint of Firefighters).

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons took the opportunity to thank all serving NSW RFS members who continue to follow in the tradition of St Florian.

"Today we not only pay tribute to St Florian, but we also reflect on the selfless dedication and bravery our men and women show every day, upholding the same commitment to protecting lives and property," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

"The people of NSW should be rightly proud of the efforts of their NSW RFS members, who respond day after day to a variety of emergencies, both here in NSW and interstate."

During the awards ceremony Commissioner Fitzsimmons paid tribute to the NSW RFS members and teams who had gone above and beyond the call of duty.

He made particular mention of Senior Deputy Captain James Burge, who showed bravery by attempting to rescue the occupant of a burning home before other emergency services had arrived, putting his own life at risk.

"Many of the members being recognised today will tell you that it's all in a day's work but nonetheless, they're deserving of the community's recognition and gratitude," he said.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said a number of members will also receive awards for important behind-the-scenes work.

"The NSW RFS is a team of hard working, professional and dedicated men and women, volunteer and salaried alike, fulfilling a variety of roles from frontline firefighters to operational and logistical support.

"It is particularly pleasing to see some of our members awarded who work in vital support roles such as communications, administration and training other volunteers.

"Their role is critical and today on St Florian's Day, we recognise the efforts of all of our members – and also give thanks to their families, friends and employers whose contribution is just as important."