VOLUNTEER Tyalgum firefighter Gary Gallard and his uncle Doug have given 85 years service to the community through their local bushfire brigade.
The two firefighting veterans were among 53 Tweed district Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers who received long-service medals at the Tweed RFS headquarters on Saturday.
Gary, 49, has served with the Tyalgum brigade for 31 years, while Doug, 78, has served 54 years.
Twenty Tyalgum RFS members were recognised for their long service, including seniors Don MacLennan and Ian Stoddard who have served more than 50 years each.
Firefighting has been in the Gallards' blood for generations.
Gary's grandfather Eb and great uncle Joe, who settled the Brays Creek area in 1917, were probably some of the earliest firefighters in the district.
"Most farmers banded together to fight fires - it was a community thing, and that's how rural fire brigades started," Gary said.