Recognition and reward for Cumberland’s volunteer firies


A collection of long-standing NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) members have had their contribution recognised at a ceremony held in their honour.

Praising their hard work and commitment, NSW RFS Region East Manager Chief Superintendent John Parnaby presented the 14 volunteers with Long Service and National Medals, and thanked them for on-going dedication.

"Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life, but together they have a resolute determination and desire to help others in times of emergency.

"The Cumberland Zone reaches across Blacktown, Fairfield and Penrith, making this area one of the busiest in this part of the state. It takes courage, endurance and sacrifice to continuously devote your time to others, and I would like to personally thank all of the men and women here."

During the official proceedings Chief Superintendent Parnaby acknowledged the volunteers' combined length of service, paying tribute to their professionalism and 'can-do' attitude.

"The men and women here today have more than 250 years experience between them – experience that continues to serve their brigades and the community well.

"RFS volunteers are widely recognised for their work preparing and protecting people from the threat of bush fires, however it is important that we acknowledge the role they play in every day incidents and emergencies.

"Our members are frequently the first to arrive at traffic accidents or house fires, as well as providing assistance to other agencies when the need arises.

"This level of professionalism and unwavering commitment is unsurpassable," said Chief Superintendent Parnaby.

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