A touching memorial service was held in Kings Park to mark International Firefighters’ Day for 2014, while regional fire stations across the state held open days and a range of family friendly activities for the community.
At the 2014 International Firefighters’ Day Memorial Service more than 300 DFES personnel, volunteers and distinguished guests gathered in Kings Park for the unveiling of a new firefighter memorial.
Two life sized bronze statues, modelled on real WA firefighters, give families, friends and the community a place to honour those who have passed away while serving and protecting the community.
The memorial service, held in Firefighters’ Memorial Grove on Forrest Drive in Kings Park, honoured the bravery and sacrifice of all Western Australian firefighters and was a tribute to those who have given their lives.
Geraldton Fire Station opened its doors to around 350 people to mark the day. Appliances and equipment were on display for the community, while career and volunteer firefighters engaged with attendees, providing information on smoke alarms, home fire safety and triple zero calls.
Firefighters completed a road crash rescue display for interested members of the public, showing them how casualties are removed from the vehicle using rescue equipment and how injuries are managed in the process. Geraldton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) also provided a sausage sizzle to feed the hungry crowd.
Career and VFRS personnel together with Volunteer Bush Fire Service members from across the Greater Bunbury area joined together at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell with their appliances to celebrate the day.
They held a variety of demonstrations for the gathered crowd of around 300 people, including road crash rescue scenarios and kitchen fire simulations. Crews also educated the community on home fire safety and home fire escape plans, while miniature fire engine Freddy was on hand to entertain the kids and Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club provided a sausage sizzle.
In commemoration of fallen firefighters, Salvation Army Chaplain Harriette Farqhaur recited the Firefighters’ Prayer and a minute’s silence was observed.
Albany Fire Station held a family open day from Where career and volunteer firefighters took the opportunity to carry out fire safety related competitions and activities.
Four fire appliances were on display, with community members encouraged to ask questions about the equipment and how it is used. There were also displays of home fire safety and smoke alarm information and a room of personal protective equipment (PPE) set up for demonstration and discussion. Children were able to spray the fire hose, have photo taken in front of a light tanker and enter a colouring competition.
The sausage sizzle was snapped up by young and old and there was a free raffle which was entered by 100 families, with the lucky winner receiving a fire bucket containing a collection of fire safety items. Close to 500 local community members turned out for the day.
The 2015 International Firefighters’ Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 3 May at the Firefighters' Memorial Grove on Forrest Drive in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
For further information and to RSVP please contact the Events and Promotions Officer on (08) 9395 9894 or email