BEING a volunteer for three decades is beyond dedication..
Chillingham's Rural Fire Service's Captain Jim Rosolen has been a volunteer fire fighter 32 years and was one of 22 who recognised and rewarded for amazing service to the community at an award ceremony held at the Murwillumbah Fire Control Centre.
"We all do it to help out the community," he said.
"There's no glory in it we just do it to help out."
Mr Rosolen said he'd fought many fires in his time but his biggest memory was being flown to Victoria to help extinguish the devastating Black Saturday Fires.
"It was because it was such a huge fire and you know, you see a lot, and you see a lot on the TV news but when you see a fire like that it's really an eye opener," he said.
One of Mr Rosolen's favourite parts of being involved with RFS is the mates he had made.
"That's the beauty of it," he said.
"I've met a lot of different people in all different areas.
"I've even been to Queensland and it's definitely got a lot to do with mateship.
"But I just go out there and do me job."
A humble Mr Rosolen said it was nice to be recognised, especially as a volunteer.
"The presentation was held acknowledge 483 years of dedicated service volunteers had given to Rural Fire Service in the Tweed District by 22 members, NSW RFS Inspector Bob Wilcox said.
"One member alone had given 62 years of service and the event was officiated by Superintendant David Cook."
Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons presented the awards and spoke about the member's dedication and commitment to the RFS.
He thanked the families and employers of the members for being patient and understanding when it came to having to leave to attend incidents.