The hard work and diligent service of 25 NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) volunteers has been recognised at a special event in Bathurst.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole joined NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York to present awards to each of the volunteers, acknowledging their years of service and dedication to protecting their local communities.
Mr Toole congratulated the recipients and thanked them for their dedication to their communities.
“To see so many volunteers spend 10, 20 and even 50 years with NSW SES in the pursuit of keeping their communities safe is incredible,” Mr Toole said.
“These volunteers are an inspiration and I’m sure will encourage others to join the service and protect their community from storms and floods.”
Commissioner York said these volunteers, who work with the Bathurst, Blayney, Sofala, Burraga, Lithgow, Oberon, Portland and Central West Capability Units, are incredibly dedicated and passionate.
“Together, they represent a total of 450 years of combined service,” Commissioner York said.
“Fifty of those years is represented by just one of those volunteers, David Tomlinson, which is nothing short of amazing.”
“Over the last three years, each of these volunteers have helped respond to more than 2,000 requests for assistance in their local communities.”
“It would be amazing to see how many they have responded to over the decades.”
Commissioner York said she was also pleased to present an award to Rebecca Cole for her service during the unprecedented bushfire season in 2019 and 2020.
“Without our volunteers, there would be no NSW SES,” Commissioner York added.
“I want to thank each of our members for their service, the professionalism and, of course, their willingness to give up their time for their local communities.”
“I also want to acknowledge our volunteers’ families and employers – their support has enabled our volunteers to dedicate the years of service they have given.”