Narrabri Rural Fire Service was presented with multiple awards last Tuesday for its successful participation in the firefighting state championships held earlier this year.

The brigade was also recognised for its highly significant contribution to the bushfire fight last summer by NSW RFS corporate and partnerships officer Paul Fowler at the local control centre.

Narrabri fielded a junior and senior team for the championships held over weekends in August which finished with a grand finale on September 12 at Inverell.

The senior team finished fifth while the juniors placed third out of the many brigades competing from across NSW.

Both teams also achieved first in two different scenarios.

Narrabri has featured in the competitive event for the past five years which tests brigades’ leadership, teamwork and core skills within coordinated tasks.

The competition has been held every two years since its first official event in 1988.

Teams assemble from across the state to contest for the titles within the world’s largest volunteer firefighting agency.

“It’s a big credit to both teams and the RFS for them to place so highly,” Narrabri RFS brigade captain Greg Cassidy said.

“Because of COVID-19, we haven’t been able to be presented the awards yet, so it was an outstanding achievement.

“It’s a massive effort from the brigade to finish in third and fifth.”

Narrabri RFS was also applauded for its role in the bushfires that ravaged the state last summer.

From fighting wildfires at Mt Kaputar to deployment at different locations on the North Coast and southern parts of NSW, the local RFS was on the front line saving lives and property.

“Last year everyone saw it and the devastation that unfolded,” Mr Cassidy said.

“It’s not why you do it, but it is nice to be recognised.”

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