​Statement on death of Rural Fire Service volunteer

Issued: 6 June 2017

Media release - Minister for Emergency Services

Yesterday we tragically lost Ms Jennifer Hankinson, a dedicated member of the RFS who passed away after suffering a critical health episode whilst participating in a training event in Casino on Sunday.

Volunteers are the everyday heroes who put their own lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe. They leave their families and jobs for the greater good, confronting the dangers that threaten our communities, and undertaking training to better prepare for when disaster does strike.

On behalf of the NSW Government, I extend our deepest condolences to Ms Hankinson's family, friends and fellow Rural Fire Service members, in particular the Northern Rivers Aviation Support Brigade and the Alstonville/Wollongbar Brigade, of which she was a member.