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Dedicated firefighters recognised

Monday, 5th May, 2014

Inspector Bill Britt and Inspector Robyn Favelle Inspector Bill Britt and Inspector Robyn Favelle

By Michael Murphy

Two NSW Rural Fire Service firefighters from the Far West were yesterday commended for their service and dedication. 

Inspector Robyn Anne Favelle and Inspector William James Britt - who both service under the Far West Team - received commendations for improving communications and training.

Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons yesterday paid tribute to all NSW RFS members and teams who had gone above and beyond the call of duty.

He made particular mention of Senior Deputy Captain James Burge, who showed bravery by attempting to rescue the occupant of a burning home before other emergency services had arrived, putting his own life at risk.

He said it was also “particularly pleasing” to recognise members who worked in vital support roles such as communications, administration and training. 

“Their role is critical and today on St Florian’s Day, we recognise the efforts of all of our members - and also give thanks to their families, friends and employers whose contribution is just as important.”

Inspector Favelle was awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation for Service. 

“Robyn identified communication difficulties in Far West NSW and introduced a number of closed brigade Facebook groups to provide timely, accurate and relevant fire and brigade-related information directly to local brigades,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

Inspector Britt was awarded the Commissioner’s Certificate of Commendation.

“After being faced with the issue of distance, remote locations and difficulty in getting people together at central locations for training activities, Bill developed a complete e-learning process to deliver training remotely,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

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