A HALF century of protecting the community was celebrated by one of the Manning Valley's most vital volunteer groups.
The Hannam Vale Rural Fire Brigade commemorated 50 years of community service on Saturday, with the brigade's many volunteers gathering to celebrate the special anniversary.
NSW Rural Fire Services' Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers was on hand to celebrate the brigade's special milestone which recognised the 50 years of community service from its dedicated volunteers.
"I would like to sincerely thank all of the volunteers, both past and present, who have devoted so much of their time to transforming the Hannam Vale brigade into the community institution it is today," he said.
"I know the Hannam Vale Brigade volunteers will continue to serve the local community for many years to come."
The 50th anniversary ceremony also recognised six of its longest serving volunteers with a presentation of long service medals.
"Between them, these six volunteer medal recipients have dedicated a combined total of 138 years service to the community," the deputy commissioner said.
"I would like to make a special mention of Hannam Vale volunteer Colin Sheather who, along with his brigade, is this year celebrating 50 years of service,
"Colin, along with each and every volunteer, is worthy of our most sincere thanks and I would like to personally commend them, not only for their commitment to the service, but also to their community."
As well as recognising the six members, the deputy commissioner said all the brigade's volunteers were highly regarded and well supported by the local community.
"The volunteers work tirelessly, not only in fire fighting roles but also to ensure the community has a high level of fire safety awareness, " he said.
"Their hard work and professionalism doesn't go unnoticed and this is a great opportunity for the broader community to express their gratitude and say thank you."