Day to honour firefighters

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times
Bunbury career firefighters Ty Stedman, Daryn Rowland, Daniel Armer and Alex Hodgkinson.
Camera IconBunbury career firefighters Ty Stedman, Daryn Rowland, Daniel Armer and Alex Hodgkinson. Credit: Chloe Fraser

A service was held at the Busselton Fire Station yesterday as part of International Firefighters’ Day to recognise and honour firefighters for their contributions in keeping communities safe.

Representatives from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, career Fire and Rescue, Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the State Emergency Service and WA Police attended the service, with dignitaries laying wreaths near the fire station’s memorial.

Fire and Rescue volunteer Ed Heart
Camera IconFire and Rescue volunteer Ed Heart

Department of Fire and Emergency Services district officer Danny Mosconi said International Firefighters’ Day was a time to recognise firefighters for their dedication to protecting life and property.

“Its a time to honour those who’ve paid the ultimate price for serving the community but it’s also time to pay respects to all our existing and retired firefighters for the work they do, too,” he said.

Area officer Andy Wright and area manager Andy Thompson.
Camera IconArea officer Andy Wright and area manager Andy Thompson.

Mr Mosconi said International Firefighters’ Day came about as a result of the death of five firefighters in Victoria in 1998 and was linked to the feast of St Florian — the patron saint of firefighters.

Fallen firefighters were honoured during the service with the sounding of a brass bell and the Firefighters’ Memorial Bugle Call was played, followed by one minute’s silence.

Busselton Volunteer Fire and Rescue senior firefighter Ean Osborn and veteran Jock Holgate.
Camera IconBusselton Volunteer Fire and Rescue senior firefighter Ean Osborn and veteran Jock Holgate.

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