The sacrifices and courage of firefighters across Queensland who have died in the line of duty were remembered during Tuesday’s Firefighters Remembrance Day.
Annual services were held across the state Tuesday morning, on the tenth hour of the tenth day of the tenth month.
Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan said it is important to honour the 51 firefighters in Queensland who died saving others since 1877.
“Every day, firefighters face the unknown and sacrifice their own safety in order to protect our lives and communities,” he said.
“It’s important we take the time to remember the contributions of the fallen.
“We also remember the families and friends of the fallen as they are comforted by the close-knit firefighting family.”
Flags were at half-mast around the state as a sign of appreciation for the risks firefighters face at work.
“Our firefighters undertake extensive training every year to help them be prepared to respond to incidents and natural disasters without hesitation,” said Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll.
“We never know what’s around the corner, so we need to be prepared for anything.
“We stand together today to remember those who were tragically lost during operations, and to acknowledge the challenges our firefighters face every day,” she said.