Nimbin Brigade celebrates 70th anniversary and members’ long service
Published Date: 29 Oct 2023
RFS members gathered in Nimbin on Saturday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Nimbin Rural Fire Brigade and present members with medals in recognition of their dedication and service.
RFS Deputy Commissioner Kyle Stewart APM congratulated members past and present for building the brigade into the community focal point it is today.
“This brigade has a proud history of community and spirit,” Deputy Commissioner Stewart said.
“Formed in 1953, the brigade now boasts 54 members and is very active within the community.”
Deputy Commissioner Stewart said the celebration was an opportunity to not only congratulate the brigade on this milestone but also thank members for their ongoing commitment and service, with the presentation of 17 Long Service Medals.
“The event provides an opportunity to recognise members of the brigade who together have amassed decades of service to the RFS,” he said.
“Today, we recognise dedicated volunteers who have given between 10 and 45 years of service to the community.
“I particularly wish to congratulate the brigade’s Senior Deputy Captain Charlie Cohen, who is receiving the Long Service Medal for 45 years of dedicated service. Charlie joined the Nimbin Brigade in 1974 and has held numerous positions over the years.
“Charlie is also a member of the Northern Rivers Support Brigade, providing support to Remote Area Firefighting Teams; a capability he helped pioneer in the region.
“I would like to take this time to praise all our volunteers for their ongoing efforts each and every day, particularly when dealing with emergencies here in the Northern Rivers.
“The hard work and professionalism of all RFS members does not go unnoticed and while they do not ask for praise, we acknowledge their contribution to their community.
“We must also thank the family, friends, employers and colleagues of these and all volunteers. We know it takes their support to allow our members do what they do, to save lives and property.”
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