Mick Thomas has been in the SES for 22 years and has been Cooma's Local Controller for the past 10. He's a volunteer in what is virtually a full time job - and he gets only a few dollars a week compensation for his efforts.
But he's not complaining because that's what our volunteers do - sacrificing much in the service of the community, battling floods, fighting bushfires, helping at car crashes, and all the rest.
Mick will step down as Local Controller in August, because it's time to pass the baton, spend more time with his family, and take a 'real' holiday. In this case, he will hand over to Brendan O'Grady.
And this week his contribution was recognised and rewarded when he received the [SES] Commissioner's Commendation for service.
In his time with the SES Mr Thomas has been involved in many incidents. The Thredbo landslide stands out, as does the 2012 Cooma floods.
"The floods were a big learning curve," he said. But the community response showed the SES had "got it right."
It's never an easy job but, in typical modesty demonstrated by most volunteers, Mr Thomas attributes the success of local SES efforts to the team of 20 or so other volunteers.
"It's a great team and we have a good relationship with the other emergency services," he said.