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NSW Fire Brigades appoints new Captain and Deputy Captain for Walgett Fire Station

Published: 26th September 2007

NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) Acting Commissioner John Benson today congratulated Retained Firefighters Rodney Thorne and Adam Robinson on their appointments as Captain and Deputy Captain of Walgett Fire Station.

Acting Commissioner Benson said it was an exciting day for the NSWFB and the community of Walgett.

"Two young and enthusiastic men have been appointed to the positions of Captain and Deputy Captain to serve the community of Walgett.

"Rodney is also the first indigenous firefighter to be appointed to the position of Captain which is a wonderful achievement. It is great to see someone so keen to be involved in their local community."

Mr Thorne, who was born and raised in Walgett, joined the NSWFB in November 2006 and, at just 22 years of age, is one of the youngest Captains the NSWFB has ever had.

"Last year, I decided that I wanted to give something back to my community. I’d spent my childhood watching the firefighters at work, and always admired what they did – I thought it was the best way for me to make a positive contribution,” Mr Thorne said.

Mr Robinson, who is also a police officer, has been a firefighter in Walgett since October last year and said he was looking forward to his new role.

"I am looking forward to taking on more of a leadership role within the team. It also gives me the opportunity to undertake further training and personal development, and to be actively involved in the local community."

NSWFB Chief Superintendent Neil Harris (Area Commander – Regional West), who was on hand to officially welcome Mr Thorne and Mr Robinson to their new roles, congratulated both men on their achievements.

"Both Rodney and Adam are excellent firefighters and an asset to the community of Walgett and the NSWFB. I look forward to working with both of them in the future."