On Saturday 19th November the Hills District NSW RFS medal presentation ceremony was held. Three different medals were awarded to the RFS members;
National Emergency Medal – The National Emergency Medal is awarded to persons who rendered sustained or significant service during nationally-significant emergencies in Australia. In this case, these medals were issued for the 2019-2020 Bushfires.
National Medal – The National Medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations that risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster.
Long Service Medal – The Long Service Medal recognises long service by current members of the NSW RFS, both volunteer and salaried. Awarded for ten years of Long Service with impellers and clasps awarded for each subsequent ten year period of service.
Hundreds of years of service were acknowledged today. In the last few years the RFS has been particularly busy. From the Black Summer fires of 2019/2020, to the numerous floods and associated recovery, our RFS volunteers are always there to assist when time comes. Well done to our RFS members.
Keith Woodbury and Monika Langdon each received long service medals for 50 years service to the RFS. Keith is the current Captain of Box Hill Nelson Brigade, and Monika has been a member of Rouse Hill Brigade for over 50 years.
Well done, and congratulations to all the medal recipients.