NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser has personally thanked NSW SES volunteers for their 330 years of combined service at a local awards ceremony.

Mr Fraser congratulated the 37 recipients from the Clarence Nambucca Region SES for their work in and for the community.

“The men and women in orange do such amazing work, often under the most challenging circumstances,” Mr Fraser said. “These devoted volunteers are the lifeblood of their units, and it is my pleasure to be able to acknowledge their hard work and commitment.”

The Clarence Nambucca Region comprises 15 NSW SES Units which respond to storm and flood operations across numerous Local Government Areas. In addition to storm and flood responses, the volunteer members also provide support to other emergency services including the Ambulance Service of NSW, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Police Force, and the NSW Rural Fire Service.

The Clarence Nambucca Region members also help promote resilience through community education programs and engaging in community based events and activities.

The awards presentation included National Medals and Clasps, Long Service Medals, and Clasps and Certificates in recognition of the members’ diligent service.

NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst saluted the team spirit across the region.

“Our volunteers respond rapidly to natural disasters and emergencies, saving lives and protecting our communities,” Commissioner Smethurst said. “I thank each and every one of these people for their incredible community spirit and their ongoing contribution to our Service.”

It has been a busy operational time for all of the Clarence Nambucca Region units, responding to more than 900 requests for assistance in the past 12 months.