RFS volunteers' many decades of dedication recognised

DESERVED: Robyn Richard with her husband, Jenolan Caves Chifley Zone group captain Barry Richard, who was recognised for 54 years' service.
DESERVED: Robyn Richard with her husband, Jenolan Caves Chifley Zone group captain Barry Richard, who was recognised for 54 years' service.

BURRAGA Brigade's Charles Lamburn was one of a number of volunteers recognised at a NSW Rural Fire Service function on Saturday.

A total of 51 NSW RFS volunteers from the Chifley/Lithgow Team, with a combined total of 1433 years of service, were honoured for their commitment to the community at the medal and clasp presentation at the Chifley Fire Control Centre in Kelso.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and NSW RFS assistant commissioner Steve Yorke helped hand over the medals and clasps at the special function.

Lance Sulley, Michele Kitt

Lance Sulley, Michele Kitt

Mr Yorke said he was honoured to recognise Mr Lamburn, who earned the long service medal fifth clasp for 65 years with the RFS.

"Charles joined the Bald Ridges Brigade in 1954 and was subsequently the brigade's longest serving secretary and treasurer, commencing in 1965 and finishing in 2002," he said.

"When the Bald Ridges Brigade merged with Burraga Brigade in 2004, he again took on the role of secretary and treasurer for another 12 years and he remains as the brigade's treasurer today.

"Charles has seen many changes over the years and has been very supportive to new members who joined the brigade.

"He continues to be a dedicated and supportive member of the Rural Fire Service and the Burraga community and I congratulate him for his 65 years of service."

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Mr Yorke also acknowledged the contribution of Ernst Holland, who received a long service medal fifth clasp for 63 years of service.

"Ernie joined the Brundah Brigade in 1956 and when he moved to the Jenolan Caves area with his family in 1970, he assisted in establishing the Jenolan Caves Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade in January 1979," he said.

"Upon retiring in 1998, Ernie moved to Bathurst and joined the Raglan Brigade where he took on the role of captain from 2002 to 2005 and was also the brigade's permit officer from 2005 to 2017.

"I offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to all the NSW RFS staff and volunteers who continue to work hard for their communities."

Mr Toole said the volunteers don't give their time for accolades, "however these medals are a proud acknowledgement of the commitment shown by these individuals over the years".

"I know that the community is thankful for the world-class level of fire protection afforded to them by volunteers across the Chifley/Lithgow Team area," he said.

"I personally extend my gratitude to all of our dedicated firefighters for their continued service to and for the community."