One of the Peninsula’s longest serving volunteer firefighters was honoured for his outstanding commitment to his community on May 20, Rural Fire Service Volunteer Appreciation Day.
Mr Chris Francis of Woy Woy Bay, was awarded the Rural Fire Service Long Service Medal second clasp at the Central Coast Appreciation Day ceremony, in recognition of 35 years of service.
The accolade was presented to Mr Francis by Senior Assistant Commissioner Mr Bruce McDonald.
Mr Francis joined The Peninsula’s Bays Bush Fire Brigade in 1983.
As a member, he held various roles in the brigade including equipment officer, president, secretary, treasurer and training officer.
With the establishment of the Rural Fire Service in 1997, Mr Francis was elected as senior deputy captain for The Bays Rural Fire Brigade.
Since 2007, Mr Francis has held the position of brigade captain.
Mr Francis also currently serves as a Deputy Group Captain within the Central Coast District.
Mr Francis also assists instructing training courses for Village Fire Fighting and Crew Leadership, ensuring fire fighters have necessary skills to manage difficult situations on the Peninsula.
Media release, 8 Jun 2018
Bruce McDonald, RFS NSW