RFS celebrate new tankers and long serving members

NSW RFS Deputy Commissioner Peter McKechnie with RFS Volunteer Barry Lockyer and Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall MP,
30th Mar 2021

NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) New England Zone celebrated the official handover of two new fire trucks on Sunday as well as recognising long serving members.
NSW RFS Deputy Commissioner Peter McKechnie joined State member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall MP, Council staff and other guests at the New England Airbase Precinct to officially hand over the keys of the new tanker.
The new tankers, worth nearly $780,000, will enable brigades to strengthen their firefighting efforts across the community with New England’s new Cat 6 water tanker, providing back up water for the airbase and across the region in fire emergencies.
“While the previous tankers have served these brigades well, I am confident these new state-of-the-art vehicles will prove to be invaluable assets to the area,” Mr Marshall said.
“The NSW Government’s ongoing investment in new vehicles ensures NSW RFS members have access to modern firefighting technology when responding to fires and other incidents.”
The event also provided an opportunity to recognise 55 members of the New England Zone who had together amassed 1,350 years of service to the NSW RFS.
“Today we awarded long service medals and/or clasps to dedicated volunteers who had given between 10 and 60 years’ of service to the community,” Deputy Commissioner McKechnie said.
“These men and women remain on-hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we should be extremely proud and grateful for their contribution.
“In particular, considering the magnitude of the 2019/2020 bush fires and the floods we are now experiencing, I would like to congratulate everybody on their ongoing hard work and professionalism.
Among those who were presented with medals was Barry Lockyer who received a Long Service Medal 5th Clasp for 60 years’ service as a member of Guyra Brigade. 
Barry is currently Deputy Captain with Guyra Brigade from 2018 and previously held this position from 2010 to 2017.  Barry was previously with the Ben Lomond Brigade where he held the position of Deputy Captain from 2003 to 2007 and Senior Deputy Captain from 2007 to 2009. 
Barry has always been happy to travel to assist in other areas and was out assisting during most of the 2019/20 season, most notably Bees Nest fire and Tenterfield Fires.’

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