Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall officially handed over the keys to members of the Dundee RFS Brigade.
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall was in Glen Innes last weekend to hand over the keys of a new fire tanker to the Dundee NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Brigade and present long service medals to RFS volunteers from Glen Elgin, Glen Innes, Dundee and Deepwater brigades.
The State MP was joined by RFS Regional Operational Service Manager Superintendent Bryan Daly and Glen Innes Severn Shire Mayor Colin Price to present 14 long service medals to the district’s volunteers.
Mr Marshall said he was incredibly grateful for the dedication shown by the volunteers toward their communities.
“Testament to that dedication is the fact that among today’s 14 medal recipients, there is a combined tally of 392 years of service,” he said.
“Our communities rely heavily on their services and these long service medals are our way of saying, on behalf of everyone in the district, thank you.
“There aren’t too many organisations out there these days where you would still see that level of commitment and it is heartening to see the dedication of the members when you think of the difficult job they often face.”
Mr Marshall said that while the core business of the members is fighting bush and grass fires, it was common knowledge that RFS members did much more than that.
“They help education the community about the risk of fire and how to protect against it and help train the next generation of firefighters; their skill, dedication and loyalty are indeed to be admired,” he said.
On handing over the keys to the new Cat7 vehicle to the Dundee Brigade Captain Garry Parker, Mr Marshall said he was delighted the government and local council appreciated their efforts by continuing to upgrade their equipment.
“This new truck is worth more than $180,000 but to the members of this brigade and to the local community, it is a priceless resource,” he said.