A ceremony was held at Parliament House to recognise the recipients today.
The National Medal was awarded to 16 firefighters for 15 years of service, 13 Clasp awards were presented for 25 years of service and one firefighter was recognised with a second Clasp for 35 years of service.
“I am delighted to be able to say thank you to our National Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters for their contribution to protecting communities in NSW, Australia and abroad, when they have been called upon,” Mr Speakman said.
“Together this group of firefighters has more than 600 years of experience.”
The National Medal was established in 1975 as one of the original elements of the Australian system of honours and awards.
“These National Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters deserved to be recognised for having put themselves at risk to protect lives and properties over the last 15 or more years,” Mr Speakman said.
The hazard reduction and firefighting efforts of this group of firefighters has helped to protect the people of NSW for decades.
“These firefighters have fought fires in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and abroad in the US and Canada,” Mr Speakman said.
“And they have mentored, guided and supported local communities in NSW to prepare for fires.”