Firefighters are among the first to face danger to keep us safe and today, those who have sacrificed their lives doing it, have been remembered.
Laura Daly reports.
52 Queensland firefighters have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1877, and today, the firefighting community paused to remember them.
Craig Crawford, Emergency Services Minister: “We pay our respects to them, to their families, and to the crews that worked alongside them.”
The day of remembrance is celebrated every year on the 10th day of the 10th month, it’s a special time for all those lives lost.
Katarina Carroll, QFES Commissioner: “I think it’s important for all of us to stop and remember those souls but also to stop and remember that we do have people working as we speak.”
The Commissioner says emergency crews across the state have been working tirelessly in what’s shaping up to be a dangerous summer.
Katarina Carroll, QFES Commissioner: “It certainly is becoming more challenging, what we’re seeing is there’s no respite in the season.”
This year’s bushfire season has started six weeks earlier than expected, and Queenslanders are warned there are more dangerous conditions to come.
Storms have also hit early across parts of Queensland, with residents being reminded to be prepared.
Craig Crawford, Minister for Fire and Emergency Services: “Please take note of the warnings that come out from the bureau and from QFES, and for those who use social media please stay connected.”
Laura Daly, QUT News.