Six St John volunteers at Doubtless Bay have been formally recognised for three and six years' service, milestones that rural support officer Mark Going said were significant.
The Doubtless Bay crews were doing an "awesome job", he said, and the time they were giving to the organisation, and their community, was appreciated.
"The average service lifespan of a St John volunteer is a little over two years, so that tells you how well Doubtless Bay is doing," he added.
"We appreciate your dedication. We recognise the workloads you are carrying, and if it wasn't for you your community would not be in as good shape as it is in."
Doubtless Bay team manager Mike Burrows also thanked the service award recipients, and all the volunteers, for the contributions they were making.
"Six years is not something to be sniffed at when you look at the phenomenal number of hours you're all putting in every year," he said. "I regularly hear people in the community say that they are grateful that an ambulance is available at Doubtless Bay, and that's thanks to you guys."
The service award recipients were Colin Trigg, Delwyn Trigg, Bruce Jackson and Chris Regnault (six years), Mereana Te Kare and Corinna Moore (three years, and the National Diploma in Ambulance Practice).
"A lot of effort goes into this diploma," Mr Going said, adding that he had been impressed with the way in which the two recipients had worked together and encouraged each other to "get there".
Ms Te Kare replied that the whole station had pushed them along, and made them feel good about what they were doing.