MEMBERS of the Singleton State Emergency Service (SES) who have been volunteers for many years had their service recognised at a recent presentation evening attended by the big brass of the organisation.
Among those to receive national medals for long service were Athol Hipwell and Rex Davis (30 years), Trevor Harrison (25years), Richard Fellowes and Andrew Pain (20 years) and Wal Starr and Walter Arnott (15 years).
Local SES controller Simon Merrick received a ten years long service award as did fellow volunteer Glen Cousin.
Among the dignitaries in attendance for the presentation was Dieter Gescke, deputy commissioner, SES.
Mr Merrick said the local SES had a great volunteer base and it was particularly pleasing to see long term volunteers – those with more than 15 years service - given their national medals.
Singleton State Emergency Service is an active group that meets weekly and for additional regular training from time to time.
Volunteers not only respond to local natural disasters such as floods, but they also are called upon to assist other areas in their times of need.
“It is important that we respond to requests for help because you never know when you might need this help yourself,” Mr Merrick said.
Anyone wanting to know more about the local group is welcome to call 6572 4699.