Over the summer the brigade was visited by a Volunteer Fire Fighter from Germany. Katrin was shown how bush fire fighting is undertaken, learning about the methodology and the equipment used in Australia. Prior to her return to Germany Katrin was the surprised recipient of an award and medal for her work during the Elbe River floods in June 2013. Katrin worked for 12 days to ensure levees were strengthened, embankments shored up as well as the thousands of evacuations. In a fitting touch the District Chief from the region that Katrin is a volunteer in sent her award to Australia so she could receive it before her return.