As State President of the NSW Rural Fire Service Association it has been a privilege to witness the tremendous commitment of our people, both volunteers and staff, working together protecting our community with the support of the government.
From the firefighting effort on the ground to the incident controllers and support staff of the RFS, the enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication of all involved is overwhelming.
The clear and concise advice including warnings provided by the Commissioner and others on a regular basis has kept the public fully informed of developing situations and undoubtedly saved lives.
We are so fortunate to have our volunteers at the fire front, day after day, protecting our community in a highly professional manner together with the other emergency services.
The Association will continue its support as the authoritative voice in ensuring that the interests of the membership are represented and act as a focal point to assist the RFS in the development of the Service.
Due to the generosity of the community in supporting the regular NSW RFSA raffles etc, we have been able to continue the annual grants scheme for brigades and provide emergency support to members and their families who have lost their homes and other personal possessions.
Although the current situation is far from over, the association will remain the forum for the consultation and representation of all of the RFS including 22,000 that have chosen to formally register as members throughout 16 Divisions and 50 Branches of the RFSA in NSW.