Queensland’s firefighters who were killed in the line of duty were remembered this morning as part of the observance of Firefighters Remembrance Day.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll led the occasion.
“These services are an opportunity for us to honour the memories and acknowledge the sacrifices firefighters have made to keep Queensland communities safe,” said Mr. Crawford.
Mr. Crawford said 52 Queensland firefighters have lost their lives on duty since 1877.
“Firefighters are faced with demanding and challenging situations every day and often sacrifice their own safety to protect the lives and properties of local communities,” said Mr. Crawford.
“Today, we take to remember their contributions and remember the families and friends of the fallen as we gather in all parts of the state.”
Fire stations across the state would fly flags at half-mast to honour fallen colleagues and show appreciation for the risks that firefighters face at work.
“We will also take a few moments at 10am to stop and reflect on the day’s significance to firefighters both past and present,” said Ms. Carroll.
“Firefighters play a crucial role in responding to emergencies and disasters to protect people, property and the environment and are united by their desire to serve our communities.
“They continuously put themselves in uncertain situations, and today we stand together to remember the contributions of our fallen colleagues.”
Commemorative services will be held at the following venues:
- Brisbane – St. Brigid’s Church, 78 Musgrave Road, Red Hill
- Central region – North Rockhampton Fire and Rescue Station, 753 Yammba Rd. North Rockhampton
- Far Northern Region – St. Joseph’s Parish School, Corner Jack and Alice Streets, Atherton
- Northern Region – South Townsville Fire Station, 2-8 Morey Street, South Townsville
- North Coast Region – St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Corner Lennox and Ellena Street, Marynorough
- South Eastern Region – Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 31 Edmund Rice, Ashmore
South Western Region – Toowoomba Empire Theatre Church, 54-56 Neil Street, Toowoomba