Steph Cooke stands with a group of people in front of RFS banners.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has celebrated the long service of NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers from the MIA District.

Ms Cooke joined NSW RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers AFSM and Mayor Neville Kschenka to present 44 long service medals to volunteers from Narrandera Shire Brigades.

Ms Cooke said the 44 recipients had together given a total of 1,455 years of service to the community.

“The members being recognised today with long service medals and /or clasps range from 10 to 70 years of service, with a special mention of Tom Manning AFSM from Brobenah Brigade for his incredible 70 years of service to the NSW RFS.”

“We depend on amazing people like this to stand up for our communities and these medals are a small token of thanks of behalf of all us.”

“It’s a great privilege to meet with these volunteers and I thank them all for their continued service.”

Commissioner Rogers congratulated each of the MIA District volunteers on their dedication, commitment and service to their communities.

“You only have to look at the 2019/20 season to see how hard our skilled firefighters and support crews work to keep us safe when fires and emergency situations threaten,” he said.

He added the NSW RFS is committed to providing volunteer firefighters with the equipment, infrastructure and resources they need to carry out the important work of protecting their local communities from fire and a diverse array of incidents.

“I would like to take this time to praise all our volunteers for their ongoing efforts each and every day, particularly when dealing with emergencies here in the MIA District.

“We also thank the family, friends, employers and colleagues of all NSW RFS volunteers. We know it takes their ongoing support and patience to assist and enable our volunteers to do what they do to save lives and property.”