Rural Fire Service (RFS) members in the Mid Coast district have been recognised for their dedication and service to the community.
At a special ceremony on Tuesday, April 9, 45 volunteers were presented with medals by NSW RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead.
Thirty-six people received NSW RFS long service medals while 10 were honoured with national medals.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons offered his thanks and gratitude to all NSW RFS staff and volunteers who continue to work hard for their communities.
"The Mid Coast area has seen a busy fire season locally and further afield with deployments across NSW and interstate.
"We must also thank the family, friends, employers and colleagues of these and all volunteers.
"We know it takes their support to help Rural Fire Service members do what they do," commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
Douglas (Bruce) Weller received the fourth clasp of his national medal for 56 years of service to the community.
He was awarded life membership of the Nabiac Brigade, of which he was a founding member.
Douglas recently joined the Minimbah Brigade as captain.
"Douglas has been a dedicated member of the NSW RFS for an exceptional period of time, for which we are truly grateful," commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
David Witt was presented with the third clasp of his long service medal. Mr Witt has been a dedicated member of the fire service for 41 years after joining the Allworth Brigade in 1978.
He was then instrumental in forming the Limeburners Brigade in 1989.
"His dedication and local knowledge is invaluable in the protection of the local community," commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
Mr Bromhead said the medals highlight the commitment of each fire service member.
"These 45 members do not volunteer their time for the accolades, however these medals are a proud acknowledgement of the commitment shown by these individuals over the years.
"More than 959 years of service will be recognised and I know that the community is thankful for the world-class level of fire protection afforded to them by volunteers across the Mid Coast.
"I personally extend my gratitude to all of our dedicated firefighters for their continued service to and for the community," Mr Bromhead said.