When Mr John Rimmer (JRR) moved to Killcare he decided to try his hand at something new. He joined the NSW Rural Fire Service in 2019 and within two weeks of qualifying he was faced with an unprecedented fire season.
The following weeks saw him attend fire fronts in Bilpin, Somersby, and Charmhaven. 5.3 million hectares (6.7% of the state) were burnt in NSW in 2019/20.
On Saturday 9 April, Mr Rimmer was awarded the National Emergency Medal, presented to him by NSW Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Field Operations, Peter McKechnie and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch.
NSW Rural Fire Service is the world’s largest fire service with over 72,000 volunteers.