After nearly five decades of bravely protecting the community as a fire fighter with Fire and Rescue NSW, deputy-captain Bob Treseder was officially farewelled on Saturday night following the announcement of his retirement last month.
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The event was filled with sharing great memories of Bob’s time as a firie, with a number of people speaking on the night including his brother Allan, daughter Vicki and son Peter.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, who was at the celebrations, awarded Bob with the very first NSW Parliament Dubbo Electorate Award.

“This award is in recognition of Bob’s 47 years’ service, not just as a fire fighter but service to the community,” Mr Grant said.

“I feel extraordinarily privileged to thank Bob, and his extended family, on what is an amazing service and commitment that he has provided to the Narromine community.

“It is very humbling to see Bob here and what I would like to say is that the role of a fire fighter is enormously important, you are not only appreciated by the Fire and Rescue NSW family, but the broader community, you are someone that people look up to and that is evident tonight.”

Narromine Captain Ewen Jones, who did a fantastic job organising the farewell, stated how Bob had been one of the most dedicated members of Fire and Rescue NSW ‘you will ever have the pleasure to meet’.

“His passion for the brigade is immeasurable and he now holds the record as the longest serving fire fighter at 401 Station Narromine, with 47 years of outstanding service,” Captain Jones said.

“Bob is a true gentleman and is a very patient and understanding man who has gone in to bat on a lot of occasions to assist members who have had personal as well as brigade-related problems.

“He has always had staff from his shop as fire fighters with 401 Narromine over many years and never docked their pay when they responded during work hours.”

Captain Jones commented that despite Bob’s busy lifestyle he still found time to attend visits to the various Narromine schools, the hospital, Timbrebongie House, service clubs and others groups and clubs to participate in fire safety talks and never missed the annual Station Open Day and Narromine Show and was always first on the barbecue.

“Fire and Rescue NSW and the community of Narromine have been very privileged to have had the service of this great man,” he added.

Despite the Narromine community and Fire and Rescue NSW farewelling Bob from the brigade, he won’t be forgotten as he has clearly left an indelible mark.

The humble man he is, Bob said the highlights of his time as a fire fighter have been belonging to a good town and fire-fighting team under good captains and he was thankful for the recognition he had received.

Well done Bob and happy retirement.

WHAT THEY SAID:

Chief Inspector Neil Harris AFSM: “It has been an absolute pleasure to have been in the same command as you and to have the opportunity to see the example that you have left us, it is second-to-none, and you have left big boots to be filled.”

Superintendent Greg Lewis: “I have appreciated and acknowledged all the support you have provided. One thing that has always been consistent is that Bob would ring me up, and say ‘mate, keep going, you’re going alright’. I appreciated that feedback, it meant a lot to me that you took the time out of your day to thank me for whatever I had done.”

FBEU Organiser Greg Matthews AFSM: “I am honoured to be able to share your night with you Bob and wish you all the health and happiness in your retirement.”

VRA Mark Beahan: “I was standing across from Western Stores watching it burn down when I was five, Bob’s first big fire. Little did I know that one day I’d be assisting Bob and the firies, as part of the VRA.

We’ve worked together for a number of years now and you will be missed.”

Former Narromine Captain Robert Hawkins AFSM: “Bob and I were involved in a lot of things together and in 1985 when I was elected captain, Bob was elected deputy captain and we served together for the next 24 years.

He served as a very good deputy and helped me in many ways. It was nice to know you had somebody alongside you that you could work through situations with.

Congratulations on your 47 years – it has been an honour to serve with you for 40 years and I take this opportunity to wish you and Charmaine the best and may you have many more years of health and prosperity.”

Back row: New recruit Belinda Roach, Lynden Davis, Pete Treseder, Lucas Walsh, Jason Poulson, Bob Davis, Tim Laurie, Don Cross, new recruit Jamie McKinnon, CJ Smyth and new recruit Ethan Sheedy.Front row: Retired Captain Robert Hawkins AFSM, guest of honour the retiring Deputy-Captain Bob Treseder and Captain Ewen Jones.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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