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RFSA President thanks volunteers during National Volunteer Week

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of the nation’s volunteers, many of whom are members of the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS).  With over 74,000 volunteer personnel it is the world’s largest volunteer fire service and this week provides an opportunity to highlight and thank these volunteer fire fighters for their generous contribution to our community.

NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA) President Ken Middleton said this week’s celebration is a chance to recognise and acknowledge the critical role of emergency service volunteers.

“These volunteer fire fighters selflessly sacrifice time with their families and loved ones to attend weekly training sessions and are ‘on call’ twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

“Without volunteers the state’s emergency services would be severely stretched given the vast distances between many regional locales and towns.

“We rely on each and every volunteer to help keep our communities safe, not just from the threat of bush fire but in a range of emergencies including house and structure fires, road accidents and to provide assistance during other events such as storms and searches.

“Along with responding to emergencies and ensuring that you are safer through their community engagement programs volunteers enjoy a special camaraderie that only comes from being part of a volunteer group.

“These people are part of your community and on behalf of the RFSA and community of New South Wales, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to all NSW RFS volunteers for your courage, commitment and dedication.

“The RFSA will continue to support you in your work to protect the community.”

This year, National Volunteer Week falls along the week 21-27 May 2018 with the theme: Give a little. Change a lot.