Western Australia’s firefighters killed in the line of duty were honoured on Sunday (May 6) at an International Firefighters’ Day memorial service held at Kings Park.
The service also recognised the ongoing commitment of firefighters across Western Australia, who dedicate their lives to keeping the community safe.
The State’s 26,000 volunteer and career firefighters respond around the clock to a variety of emergencies including bushfires, structure fires, car crashes, urban search and rescue and hazmat incidents.
The memorial service reminded the community of the dangers faced by firefighters, and the tragic consequences that can occur.
Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan said the memorial service provided an opportunity to honour firefighters who lost their lives while serving their community and reflect on their noble acts of bravery.
“Family members and comrades united in their sorrow and celebrated their loved ones, who were remembered for their courage and dedication to serving their community,” Mr. Logan said.
“The role of a firefighter demands mental and physical strength, courage and determination, and the WA community is blessed to have such highly skilled and capable firefighters who put themselves at risk to assist others.
“I thank and acknowledge those that currently serve, and commend those that have fallen in the line of duty for the sacrifice they made to keep others safe.”