Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

From mid-Nov to Feb, Braidwood Community Bank customer relationship manager Scott Hart was in the office for just 16 days. The rest of the time he was on the fire front, first in Grafton and Lake Macquarie and then with locals battling flames at home in Braidwood.

Scott was supported by the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s unlimited paid leave policy for volunteers.

Colleague and fellow RFS volunteer Simon Disney said: “Few firefighters worked as hard through summer as Captain Scott Hart and his crew to earn the NSW Premier’s Bushfire Emergency Citation.’’

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank CEO Marnie Baker said: “Scott’s contribution, and the support of his colleagues at the Braidwood Community Bank, undoubtedly saved lives (and) continues to assist in the recovery of severely fire-affected communities.’’