Monthly Archives: May 2013

Lights..Camera…Action!

Three members of the Gisborne Fire Brigade had a taste of stardom yesterday when they were involved in shooting a short film.

An initiative by Macedon Ranges Council along with CFA, the short film is to promote fire safety and preparedness within the Macedon Ranges. It will include story’s from locals on how best to make your property ‘fire ready’ and also reflecting on different experiences from Ash Wednesday.

It is to be realeased prior to the 2013/2014 fire season.

A big thank-you to Lt Mark Carter, FF Doug Peart and FF Jason Gruevski for giving up their time to participate in the filming which took up most of Tuesday afternoon.

 

Memorial service honours fireys

Dedicated men and women who have lost their lives while serving their communities were honoured yesterday at the CFA annual Memorial Service.

Held at Upper Beaconsfield, the service paid tribute to the 68 firefighters who have died in the line of duty since the inception of CFA in 1944.

CFA Chief Officer, Euan Ferguson said the service underlines the bravery shown by CFA’s members – ordinary Victorians, who year after year, risk their lives in the protection of the community.

“Today’s service is both a symbolic and tangible recognition of the extraordinary sacrifice of those CFA members who have lost their lives in their service to the state,” he said.

This year’s Memorial Service will also acknowledge CFA firefighter losses during the 2012-13 fire season.

CFA’s Peter Harry, a 2nd Lieutenant with Gisborne Fire Brigade, died while attending a house fire late last year.

DSE firefighter, Peter Cramer, died while deployed to the fires in Tasmania. He served 22 years with CFA as a volunteer at Gembrook, Swifts Creek and Tyers brigades. Two DSE firefighters, Steven Kadar and Katie Peters, also lost their lives while working on the Harrietville-Alpine fires.

CFA’s Manager of Volunteerism, Kate Harrap said the Annual Memorial Service is an opportunity to acknowledge those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“Through loss, hardship and experience, we have learnt from all those who have come before. We honour the commitment, dedication and hard work from all who protect Victorian communities – and reflect on their legacy that lives on in CFA,” she said.

Today’s service also draws from CFA’s Memorial Wall at its Fiskville Training College, to remember those firefighters who died in the line of duty with the CFA and its predecessor organisations, the Country Fire Brigades Board and the Bush Fire Brigades Committee.

A banner representing the Memorial Wall is taken to each Memorial Service outside of Fiskville. Whenever an additional plaque is included on the memorial wall, the firefighter’s name and other details are also embroidered on the banner.

The CFA Annual Memorial service is held on the Sunday closest to International Firefighters’ Day and St Florian’s Day (May 4). St Florian is the Patron Saint of Firefighters.

For more information about the Firefighters Memorial or to see the Honour Roll, click here