Recognised: James Pullin with his award. Picture: Supplied.James ‘Jim’ Pullin has been recognisedfor his 55 years with the State Emergency Service (SES) with a Life Membership award.
The Gymea localjoined the service at 16 in 1961and has been involved in almost everymajor emergency in NSW.
He retired in 2014 but still mentors some of the younger volunteers.
He started as a volunteer in the State Emergency Service and civil defence in 1961and joined the SES full-time as a division officer in Monaro South Coast in 1973, working on bushfires as the deputy fire control officer.
He was involved in recovery operations for the Tumut Pond bush crash in 1973 when 33 people died; the Thredbo landslide; and the Newcastle earthquake aftermath.
He said the Sydney storms in 1999 stood out as one of the biggest operations he’s been involved in.
‘’It was really devastating to the Sutherland Shire,’’ he said.
‘’But it brought our unit together. It was a chance to help the community we live in.’’
He said a lot had changed since he first joined.
He remembers being offered cartons of beer, cooked meals and even a fridge from thankful residents.
He admits you couldn’t accept those gifts now.
He received his award during a special ceremony last month in front ofActing State Emergency Service Commissioner Greg Newton, Sydney Southern Region controller Sam Colwell andSutherland Unit Controller John Gonzalez.
‘’It was emotional. It was a honour to be a part of the unit,’’ he said.
‘’It’s an example of what you can achieve in the service.’’
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