Local Volunteer Firefighters receive Citation for combatting 2019-2020 Bushfires

From left, Group Captain David Bright and Kate Washington MP, presenting the Citation to one of the recipients.


NINETEEN volunteer firefighters from the Pindimar-Tea Gardens Rural Fire Service (RFS) were presented the Premier’s New South Wales Bushfire Emergency Citation by Kate Washington MP, and Group Captain David Bright.

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The ceremony, conducted last Tuesday at the Pindimar Rural Fire Service station, was in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the emergency response to the 2019-2020 bushfires.

The recipients were Alex Sinclair, Cameron Bright, Chloe Cavanough, David Bright, Donovan O’Brien, Douglas Gillespie, Graham Winn, Gregory Hutchison, Gregory Snape, Helmut Panhuber, Jett Krohn, Mark Hill, Maurice Leembruggen, Noel Quince (Deputy Captain), Peter Plain, Ralph Clark, Ronald Doyle, Sandy Snape and Uwe Seil.

Kate Washington MP stated, “It is impressive to see so many volunteer firefighters in this community.

“Last summer’s fires were furious and horrific and you protected our communities.

“You are all heroes and on behalf of the people and Premier of NSW, thank you.”

Group Captain Bright stated, “It is the number of times you kept going back out to fight the fires that also makes you heroes.

“That tenacity, together with the support of your families is what matters.”

The award comprised:

  • The NSW Premier’s Bushfire Emergency Citation – the insignia of the Citation is a rectangular silver framed navy-blue bar featuring a red stripe to signify the bushfire event, and the NSW State Flower, the Waratah.
  • A Letter from the Premier of NSW and a Certificate co-signed by the Premier and Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.
  • An embroidered Commemorative Cap.


The 2019-2020 bushfires have been described as the worst in living memory.

The catastrophic conditions impacted life, communities, property and the environment on an unprecedented scale.

The NSW Rural Fire Service advised that last summer’s bush fire season taught us some terrifying lessons about the importance of being prepared and having a plan.

Just last Monday week, local RFS volunteers from Tea Gardens 7, Pindimar 1, and North Arm Cove 1, all responded to a fire in the Pine Forest possibly caused by lightning strikes.

They extinguished the fire but locals should be vigilant and prepared with resources available at:   www.myfireplan.com.au.


By Sandra MURRAY


Firefighters from the Pindimar-Tea Gardens Rural Fire Service (RFS).

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