BOGGABRI Fire and Rescue members who fought the Black Summer bushfires have been recognised with a special award.
More than a year after the catastrophic conditions of the 2019-2020 bushfires impacted communities right across the New England and North West, crew members have received the NSW Premier's Bushfire Emergency Citation.
The local members are among more than 65,000 volunteers and service personell involved who will, or already have, received the citation, which was announced in September.
They were also awarded a certificate of recognition, a commemorative cap and a letter from the Premier acknowledging their contribution and thanking them for their service.
A local ceremony was held at Boggabri Fire Station with five members congratulated for putting their safety on the line to protect lives and property.
Acting Inspector Glen Willsallen presented crew members captain Brian King, Luke Laing, Andrew McKenzie (absent) Holly Groth and former Boggabri firefighter Craig Reeves (absent) with the citation.
Boggabri captain Brian King said the local crew played an important role in filling gaps in staffing during the unprecedented and demanding conditions.
"Our crew mainly backed up local stations that were short on members that attended many large bushfires around the region," he said.
Commissioner of Resilience NSW, Shane Fitzsimmons, joins the Premier as a signatory on the certificates of recognition, which will also be sent to more than 300 people from overseas to thank them for their efforts in NSW's biggest bushfire crisis in living memory.