Honours for firefighters
LONG-TERM Rural Fire Service firefighters were recognised at the weekend.
NSW RFS Assistant Commissioner Dominic Lane presented 55 medals to recipients from the Far North Coast team, which includes Tweed, Byron and Ballina shires, on Saturday.
The national and long-service medals ranged from 10 to 50 years.
Tyalgum RFS deputy captain Bruce Bartrim received the day's highest medal for 50 years of service.
“It was great,” Mr Bartrim, 70, said.
“I joined when I was 19, so I've actually got 52 years of service.
“Our area is a relatively low-risk area but we've had our moments over the years.”
Mr Bartrim, who is still an active member, said the 1969 fires were among the worst he had seen.
“They came from
Numinbah down through Hopkins Creek and almost got to Chillingham,” he said. “A couple of houses and banana plantations went up in flames. That was one that was really serious.”
Group captain Mark Eglington received a 20-year national medal. National service medals recognise people whose service goes above and beyond.