Fire stations across Australia flew their flags at half mast today as part of National Firefighters’ Remebrance Day.
In Queensland, ceremonies were held across the state to honour fallen comrades and friends.
Jack Doonar reports.
Ministers, family, and friends packed St Brigid’s Church today to honour Queensland’s fallen firefighters.
A bell summoned the spirits and memories of the 49 firefighters who have died serving Queensland.
Lee Johnson, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner: “It’s fitting that we take this special moment on this day to always remember, year after year, right from the first death in 1877 right through to the present day.”
Commissioner Johnson says service training procedures cover every and any situation a firefighter may face, in an attempt to ensure no firefighter is killed on duty.
With our dry winter combining with tomorrow’s expected temperatures of above 30 degrees, authorities have issued a high fire danger for all of South East Queensland.
Of particular concern are the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a very high fire danger for both.
Commissioner Johnson says the service is not fazed by the looming fire season, as rural fire brigades will be supported by urban units, as well as a helicopter fleet based at Archerfield.
Lee Johnson, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner: “We know we’re well prepared, we know the troops are well equipped , and our procedures and processes are well practiced and well established, we’re very much ready.”
Jack Doonar, QUT News.