KELLYVILLE Rural Fire Brigade, the oldest fire-fighting unit in The Hills region, recently celebrated its 75th anniversary at the Castle Hill RSL.
The NSW Rural Fire Service's Assistant Commissioner, Stuart Midgley, presented 17 volunteers with long service medals and congratulated the brigade on reaching its milestone.
"Established in 1939, the Kellyville Rural Fire Brigade is the oldest in the shire and has a strong history of working tirelessly to attend emergencies, both locally and further afield when needed," Mr Midgley said.
"The people of Kellyville banded together to help each other during emergencies and that same community spirit lives on 75 years later.
"From its humble beginnings we have watched the Kellyville brigade grow into the professional and dedicated fire-fighting service we are celebrating today."
In the 1930s The Hills was a rural area and fires posed more of a threat.
Despite growing urbanisation, many parts of the region still remain prone to bushfires.
The two longest-serving volunteers Mr Midgley honoured were Anthony Stocker and Grahame McLeod, who have been in the service for 37 years.
"It is the commitment of volunteers such as these gentlemen, along with all those receiving medals today, that will see the Kellyville brigade maintain a strong presence in the community," Mr Midgley said.
"It is an honour to present these awards and reflect upon the outstanding achievements of these members.
"The experience of fire behaviour and local knowledge these men bring to the brigade has been a tremendous asset over the years.
"Between them, these 17 volunteers have amassed 400 years of experience."
Details: The Hills Fire Control Centre, 9654 1244.
Fire updates: rfs.nsw.gov.au.