Honours for RFS captain
By SALLY GORDON
ULMARRA Rural Fire Service brigade captain Merv Jenkins has become the Clarence Valley's first RFS volunteer to receive a Commissioner's award for service.
The Ulmarra man received the coveted accolade on Saturday from Phil Koperberg, Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service.
More than 120 people gathered for the official opening of the Clarence Valley's RFS fire control centre at Ulmarra on Saturday afternoon. Twenty-six RFS volunteers received long service medals.
Four firies, including Ross Austen, Enid Rooke, John Murphy and Neville Anderson, were recognised for 35 years' service.
RFS zone manager Brett Condie said very few of the Commissioner's in-service commendation awards had been given out in the past.
Mr Jenkins received the accolade for meritorious service, with a fire incident at Ulmarra and Tucabia in January yielding special acknowledgement.
"His actions were significant in terms of controlling what would have been a large fire," Mr Condie said.