The NSW Rural Fire Service has received funding of $10,000 from the NSW Government to design and construct a memorial for Rural Fire Service men and women at the Bathurst Fire Control Centre.
The memorial will recognise the service of men and women who have passed away and those who died fighting fires.
The Bathurst Fire Control Centre was established in 2018 and this is a further addition to the property. The proposed location is in a courtyard surrounded by trees that has access from the front carpark so that family and friends of those remembered can pay their respects and utilise the peaceful place.
Deputy Premier and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole delivered the good news to the centre this week and viewed some preliminary designs of the memorial.
“This is a great initiative by the Chifley/Lithgow RFS Group to recognise the effort and dedication volunteers of the RFS have given and to remember those who have gone before us,” said Mr Toole.
“The RFS community and families of loved ones will be able to visit the memorial which will become an everlasting place of remembrance.”
Group Officer Maurice McMillen said after a string of recent deaths the group decided it was time to establish a permanent memorial.
“This is something that will mean a lot to many people. The memorial will become a place of comfort for families and friends to visit and pay tribute to the life of their loved one,” said Mr McMillen.