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Many of the rural firefighters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who served during the Black Summer, were awarded the State Medal for Emergencies for their valiant efforts. On April 23, the National Emergency and Long-Term Service Medals were presented by Emergency Minister Steph Cook, Murray member Helen Dalton, Assistant Commissioner Paul Seeger and Chief Superintendent Kelvin White. Nearly 100 local volunteers and staff have been awarded medals for providing sustainable or significant services during Australia’s most devastating fire season in memory. The medal was awarded to all those whose merits in the protection of life and property or in the service of others, as well as those who supported the elimination of emergencies for at least five days between September 2019 and February 2020. Over the months, volunteers from Carratula, Griffith, Haye, Lytan, Murambidji and Narandera have been deployed across the River and beyond, playing an integral role in the response. Places where Interior Ministry firefighters could be found included Coffs Harbor, Grafton, Sydney, Clarence Valley, Nawra, Tumut, Tarkut and Moruya. The reaction was impressive: volunteers from the Ministry of Internal Affairs were sent 42 times, and most volunteers – at least twice, and one incredible person – ten times. Volunteers worked more than 20,000 hours and staff recruited more than 2,000 hours. The district itself sent 19 trucks and three support vehicles to the state. READ MORE NSW Commissioner RFS Rob Rogers praised the award winners for their courage. “We recognize the members of the teams from across the region and thank them for their incredible contributions to the 2019-2020 season,” said Commissioner Rogers. “Each of these members should be proud of themselves and their commitment to protecting communities across the state … They worked hard during the incredibly difficult fire season and went above all when sent to other regions to help local brigades fight devastating fires.” Among those who receive medals; On this day, medals were also awarded to volunteers and staff for years of service in the local states of Carrathola and Griffith after they were postponed to 2021. The medal for years of service is awarded to members who have served ten years. Our journalists make every effort to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:


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