The Cudgegong Rural Fire Service District had a surprise visit from NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons on the weekend.
He caught up with members of Mudgee Headquarters, Gulgong DC, and Lawson brigades who had completed Day 1 of their Breathing Apparatus Course.
The volunteers’ training aims to enhance the District’s exisiting capability to respond to a range of hazardous fires such as house fires.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons was returning from Coonabarabran where he recognised long serving members of the Castlereagh Zone, officially opened its new new $3.8 million Fire Control Centre and handed over five new vehicles.
Two National Medals and 26 Long Service Medals were presented to 27 volunteers in recognition of their combined 998 years of service.
Last weekend, a crew from Mudgee HQ also travelled to Sydney to assist their fellow volunteers undertake vital hazard reductions ahead of what is shaping up to be another busy summer.
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre has predicted elevated fire risk for most of eastern and South Australia.