Press release from DFES
Western Australia's emergency services community will pay tribute to firefighters killed in the line of duty with an International Firefighters' Day Memorial Service at Kings Park today.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said Western Australia's fallen firefighters had made the ultimate sacrifice in serving and protecting the community.
"The service is a chance to reflect on their selfless acts of valour, and share the deep sorrow of losing a fellow comrade,” Commissioner Gregson said.
"It is also an opportunity to recognise the work of today's dedicated career and volunteer firefighters who make such a valuable contribution year round.
"We are very fortunate to have such highly skilled and capable fire services upon which the community can rely.
"The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is committed to ensuring the safety of our firefighters, and we will continue to do all we can to improve and protect their welfare.”
Commissioner Gregson said the day was also a chance to acknowledge those who supported firefighters in what was a physically and mentally demanding profession.
"The commitment of our firefighters would not be possible without the support of their families,” he said.
The memorial service is being held at the Firefighters' Memorial Grove, a place for family and friends to remember their loved ones and for the community to pay their respects.
"The memorial represents the deep respect held for firefighters in the Western Australian community, and is a solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives whilst serving,” Commissioner Gregson said.
International Firefighters' Day is celebrated on 4 May.
For more information visit http://www.firefightersday.org/