During March and April the brigade has attended many incident calls along with the much-needed support of the residents along the Hawkesbury river with the flood relief and providing the much-needed support to get them back to some sort of normality so they can rebuild.
The brigade members were recognised along with many of our peers at 2 award ceremonies in recognition of service and outstanding actions. 6 members received Long Service and National medals, ranging from 15 years to 25+ years.
Arcadia brigade was fortunate to host the ceremony for brigades on the western side of the district for the presentation of the National Emergency Medal. The National Emergency Medal is awarded to persons who rendered sustained or significant service during nationally significant emergencies in Australia. Arcadia Brigade saw 29 members receive their National Emergency Medals along with 70 members from Dural, Cherrybrook, Westleigh and Galston for the extended work they performed during the 2019 and 2020 bushfire emergencies across the state.
Arcadia was one of two brigades within the district to receive the Commissioner’s Unit Citation for Service in recognition of protecting the lives of two people in the Bilpin area whilst undertaking property protection during December 2019, this honor is one that is very humbling to the 4 crew, Sally Elvidge, Georgia King, Michael Hutchence and Mike Elvidge and this recognition was accepted, not only on behalf of the 4 members but one that reflected the many examples of crews tireless work during what was a very difficult time for everyone.