Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Queensland honours fallen firies

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has hosted commemorative ceremonies across the state today in honour of those firefighters who have lost their lives while on duty.

Firefighters Remembrance Day is honoured every year on October 10, with flags at all fire stations flown at half-mast and a minute’s silence observed at 10am.

Ceremonies feature the reading of the Firefighters Prayer, and a bell is rung for each firefighter who has lost their life.

Since 1877, 60 Queensland firefighters have lost their lives while on duty.

“October 10 is such an important day, as we reflect on the risks firefighters take to protect life and property,” said Fire and Emergency Services Minister, Mark Ryan.

“As we saw with the tragic events in May this year, firefighters are courageous in carrying out their duties.

Izzy Nash.

“The death of Firefighter Izzy Nash and serious injuries to Firefighter Lia Drew shocked Queenslanders to the core, and that tragedy continues to serve as a reminder to all of us of the true dangers of the job.

QFES Commissioner Greg Leach said this year had been a particularly sombre and challenging one for firefighters across Queensland.

“I know today, especially, Izzy and all of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty will be in the thoughts of the entire firefighting community,” he said.

“In recent years, our firefighters have faced dangers whilst responding to widespread flooding and while on overseas deployments in the aftermath of catastrophic earthquakes, and even Cyclone Gabrielle in New Zealand.

Lia Drew.

“Closer to home, they show up every day to a range of incidents to serve their communities. In past weeks, thousands of our firefighting staff and volunteers have spent countless hours protecting life and property during the response to bushfires, as our state prepares for another El Nino-influenced season.

“Flags at fire stations will fly at half-mast today as we stand together to honour the 60 firefighters we have lost, and recognise those who serve day in and day out. We honour them and sincerely thank them for their service.”

Ceremony Locations

  • Brisbane Region – St Brigid’s Church, 78 Musgrave Road, Red Hill
  • South Eastern Region – St Mary’s Catholic Church, 1B Elizabeth Street, Woodend
  • North Coast Region – St Peter’s Catholic Church, 28 Elizabeth St, Coolum Beach
  • South Western Region – Empire Theatre Church, 54-56 Neil St, Toowoomba
  • Central Region – Gladstone Emergency Services Complex, 42 Benstead Rd, Callemondah
  • Northern Region – South Townsville Fire and Rescue Station, 2-8 Morey Street, Townsville
  • Far Northern Region – St Mary’s Church, 2 Endeavour St, Port Douglas.

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