Families and employers receive thanks for their sacrifices
FAMILIES and employers of the 60 Country Fire Authority volunteers who spent the past five days in New South Wales deserve thanks.
The CFA volunteers left behind their jobs and families to assist the NSW Rural Fire Service with back-burning operations near Bell, Mount Wilson and Mount Victoria.
The crew arrived back in Bendigo on Tuesday night, exhausted but relieved to be home safe and sound.
Employers and families play just as an important role as the volunteers do.
Bendigo CFA operations manager Craig Brittain said he was proud of the volunteers and acknowledge the commitment of their employers and families.
"These guys and girls gave up their jobs and the CFA needs to recognise the employers who let them go," he said.
"They leave behind their wives, husbands, partners and children to kept things running smoothly at home.
"Without the support from their loved ones it's not possible.
"Employers and families play just as an important role as the volunteers do - they allow them to do what they do best."
"They are the unsung heroes, who need to be thanked."