The Long Service and Good Conduct Medal is a circular medal in oxidised silver, 38 mm in diameterensigned with a circa 1884 firefighters helmet and crossed axes in oxidised silver.The front of the medal has the Fire and Rescue NSW logo within a rim carrying the inscription Fire andRescue New South Wales.The reverse side has the inscription Awarded to and the recipient’s name within a rim carrying the inscription Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
The medal is suspended from a suspension bar which is an integral part of the medal. The bar is slotted
to take the ribbon. The ribbon is 32 mm wide, red, with two black stripes 9 mm wide and 5 mm from
each outer edge. The miniature of the medal is a half-sized replica, suspended from a miniature ribbon 16 mm wide. The ribbon bar consists of a strip of full-size ribbon with no emblem.
The Fire and Rescue NSW Long Service and Good Conduct Medal recognises diligent long service and good conduct by members of Fire and Rescue NSW.
Ten years eligible service is necessary to qualify for the Medal. Clasps are awarded for each additional 10 years of eligible service.
The Commissioner may award the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to a person if they have given eligible service to the NSW Fire Brigades and/or Fire and Rescue NSW as:
• a permanent firefighter
• a retained firefighter
• a permanent administrative employee
• a permanent trades employee
• a member of the NSWFB Band
• a member of the NSWFB precision marching team
• a member of a Community Fire Unit
• a member of the NSW Fire Brigades Firefighter Championships Association.
A person has given eligible service if throughout the period of service the person has:
• maintained a level of training and skill sufficient to fulfil their duties
• served diligently, and
• maintained a satisfactory service record.
Length of service is calculated from a person’s anniversary date of commencement as an employee or volunteer of the NSW Fire Brigades or Fire and Rescue NSW.
A person’s total accumulated period of service applies toward the reckoning of their eligible service. For example, service as a Retained Firefighter or support employee before becoming a Permanent Firefightercounts towards eligibility.
Former employees or volunteers who had 10 years or more of eligible service but left the NSW Fire Brigades before 14 February 2004 may apply for award of the medal.
There are generally four things to take into account when deciding the best mounting style for your medals:
• We can only swing-mount up to a maximum of 5 full-size medals so a full-size set of 6 more medals will need to be court-mounted. Miniature medal sets of any number can be mounted in either style.
• Swing-mounted medals will make the ‘tinky tink’ noise as they move against each other which can cause sensory issues for some people, and can also make the medals more prone to damage.
• If you choose to have your replica medals engraved with the recipient's service number, initials, and surname, the engraving will be easier to see on swing-mounted medals as you can clearly see the front and back of the medals with this style.
• Any medals likely to be worn by current-serving Defence members will need to be court-mounted in accordance with official dress standards (sewn down to a firm backing so they don't move).
Both styles still have a brooch bar on the back to enable them to be worn on clothing. If none of the above criteria are relevant to your order, you are free to go with personal preference.