Ellerston Brigade receive Commissioner's Certificate of Commendation at 2019 NSW Rural Fire Service Internal Bravery & Service Awards

LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS: Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons (left) with local firefighters who recently received the Commissioner's Certificate of Commendation (unit) at a presentation in Sydney. Photo: Supplied
LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS: Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons (left) with local firefighters who recently received the Commissioner's Certificate of Commendation (unit) at a presentation in Sydney. Photo: Supplied

THE work of a group of Upper Hunter firefighters has been recognised at the highest level.

A Commissioner's Certificate of Commendation (unit) was awarded to the Ellerston Rural Fire Brigade at the 20th NSW Rural Fire Service Internal Bravery and Service Awards Ceremony on St Florian's Day in Sydney.

The award was presented by NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and recognises the dedication and enthusiasm of the Ellerston Brigade which has resulted in them recently achieving accreditation for road crash rescue.

"The Ellerston Brigade is the first agency in NSW to achieve accreditation for Road Crash Rescue under the new accreditation process as defined by the State Rescue Board," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

A review by the State Rescue Board identified the Ellerston Brigade area as requiring a Road Crash Rescue capability.

The brigade was then approached and have since identified and trained 24 members to be capable of delivering Road Crash Rescue to an extremely high standard.

A number of members of adjoining NSW RFS Brigades have also been identified that wish to train in Road Crash Rescue to support the Ellerston Brigade.

"The determination, commitment and professionalism of the Ellerston Brigade in achieving their Road Crash Rescue accreditation is commendable and they are a worthy recipient of the Commissioner's Certificate of Commendation (Unit)," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

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