10.3 C
Byron Shire
August 5, 2021

Cudgen RFS firefighter’s 70 years of brigade service

Latest News

Youth arrested over Nimbin shooting

A 20-year-old has been charged over a shooting that took place in the middle of the day near the centre of Nimbin.

Other News

Interview with Ross Wilson, composer and Daddy Cool frontman

When the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Michael Gudinski and Sir Elton John call out a song as ‘one of the great Australian rock ‘n’ roll songs’, ‘one of the greatest songs of all time’, and ‘one of my favourite tracks’, then you know it was and still is, a hit.

NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

With COVID-19 cases surging across Sydney and defence forces being deployed in the city, NSW Parliament put out a brief statement last week saying MPs will not sit in the month of August ‘owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in NSW’.

Knife-wielding criminal on the loose in Byron Bay

A terrifying media release is still on the loose in Byron Bay after escaping from the computers of Council candidates Rhett Holt and Cr Alan Hunter.  'It is a frightful to wake up at three in the morning to a man blood dripping with a backpack full of knives using your shower,' the [sic] release said...

Are you a mycophile or a mycophobe?

Considering we have such a reputation for clean, green, environmentally responsible farming of nutrient rich food, it’s surprising that...

Israel vs Palestine

Jenny Bush, Wilsons Creek When the point scoring dies down there’s no question that since the British colonial occupiers of Palestine...

Fifteen arrested in Brisbane protest

Police say they have arrested fifteen people following protest activity in Brisbane CBD this morning.

Henry James ‘Tom’ Maye. Photo Troy Middlebrook.

A small gathering of RFS members recently joined Tom Maye, his wife Carmel and their family, to celebrate an enormous milestone of 70 years of service.

Cudgen Brigade member Tom Maye AFSM was recognised for service to the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) last Saturday.

Supt. David Cook, Tom Maye and Carmel Maye. Photo Troy Middlebrook.

Superintendent David Cook presented Tom’s 70 Year Long Service Clasp and thanked Tom for his dedication, friendship and commitment to the NSW RFS noting that achieving 70 years of service was so rare, his clasp had to be requested as a special order.

‘Tom started his service with the NSW RFS when he joined the Duranbah Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade in 1950 at the age of 11. His first fire was fought barefoot with the use of farmer’s tractors to create fire breaks and eventually contain the fire; a world away from the state of the art personal protective equipment and specifically engineered fire appliances of today.’

Tom Maye’s 70 Year Long Service Clasp and Medal, Australian Fire Service Medal and National Medal. Photo Troy Middlebrook.

Tom has held numerous positions within the Duranbah and later Cudgen Brigades including the position of Captain for over 17 years.

In 1988 Tom accepted a paid position in the Service as Deputy Fire Control Officer (DFCO) of the Tweed District. In his role as DFCO Tom became a ‘jack of all trades’ sourcing and fixing equipment, training firefighters, managing fires and generally improving the level of fire protection for the people of the Tweed.

After his retirement in 2001, Tom continued serving the local community as a member of the Cudgen Brigade where he put his vast experience and exceptional leadership qualities to work mentoring younger brigade members and maintaining equipment.

The Maye Family – Angie Gibson, Tom Maye, Carmel Maye and Peter Maye. Photo Troy Middlebrook.

‘Tom is greatly admired and respected by his peers in the NSW RFS due to his good nature, integrity and honest principals,’ said Superintendent Cook. ‘Due to his selfless volunteering he has received the Australian Fire Service Medal, National Medal Clasp 1-4, Long Service Medals 10 -70 years and Life Membership of the Cudgen Brigade.

‘Tom continues to be an inspiration to the next generation of firefighters in our local area. His professional expertise, local knowledge and history of the local area is invaluable.’

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

With COVID-19 cases surging across Sydney and defence forces being deployed in the city, NSW Parliament put out a brief statement last week saying MPs will not sit in the month of August ‘owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in NSW’.

Markets could return to Byron’s Butler St Reserve

Byron’s weekly farmers’ market may return to its traditional home in Butler Street Reserve after detailed soil testing found that the park was less contaminated than was feared.

Push to create transitional accommodation at Lot 22

Should the Council-owned plot of land in Mullumbimby, known as Lot 22, be used for temporary accommodation for those at risk of homelessness, as a matter of urgency?

Sticking to facts

Roger Cotgreave, Byron Bay Thanks to The Echo for reporting scientific facts around the pandemic and not relying on social media ‘research’. Also a big thanks...