Illawarra Rural Fire Service volunteers with a combined total of more than 1000 years experience were honoured on Saturday.
The 33 Illawarra district volunteers received long service and national medals at a ceremony with NSW RFS Deputy Commissioner, Kyle Stewart.
"The members being recognised today with long service medals and clasps or national medals range from 18 to 53 years of service with a special mention of Brian Arberry of Gerringong Brigade for his 53 years of service to the NSW RFS and receipt of his long service medal 3rd and 4th clasp," Deputy Commissioner Stewart said.
"Today we also congratulate 20 other exceptional Illawarra District volunteers with national medals which are earned for long service which has gone above and beyond normal expectations."
He also praised the efforts of all RFS volunteers during last year's Black Summer bushfires.
"You only have to look at 2019-20 season to see how hard our skilled firefighters and support crews work to keep us safe when fires and emergency situations threaten," he said.
"Last season, many of these volunteers were also helping with grass fires and flood rescues."