State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, will join Fire and Rescue NSW Inspector Brett Crotty to present medals for long service to the Atherton Close Community Fire unit today.
The Atherton Close Community Fire Unit was established 15 years ago and was the first to be established in the Newcastle area.
Community Fire Units are a team of local residents living in urban areas close to bushland, who are supported by Fire and Rescue NSW to enhance their safety and resilience to bushfires.
Six members of the Atherton Close Community Fire Unit will today be given long service medals for 15 years of service.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“Many groups like the Atherton Close Community Fire Unit go unrecognised for the work they do in our community.”
“Today they will be presented with long service medals to honour the time and commitment they have given to the local community for the last 15 years.”
“The Atherton Close CFU was the first unit established in Newcastle and have a long history of working with the Rankin Park community.”
“Today there are more than 590 Community Fire Units operating through NSW, with almost 7,000 volunteers giving up their time to help the community.”
“For the past 15 years, the Atherton Close CFU has undertaken property preparation and protection, actively managed spot fires and ember attacks in times of bushfire, and assisted with recovery operations within their area of activity.”
“Today is an opportunity to say thank you for your service.”