Day to honour firefighters
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.
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.
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.
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