The global remembrance ceremony is held on the first Sunday in May each year to recognise and honour the sacrifices firefighters make as the “protectors of life and property”.

It is also a time to thank past and present firefighters for their service.

Clarence Town RFS senior deputy captain Di Bennett said it was the second year the brigade had held a service and 30-second noon “sound-off” of the station siren.

“I class it as the RFS’s version of Anzac Day,” she said.

“It’s a good day to get everyone together and talk about things, remember those we’ve lost and also thank the families of the firefighters because we’re out a lot on important dates like Christmas and birthdays and they miss out.”

While the brigade hasn’t lost any of its members to fire-related injuries, three firefighters who belonged to brigades and died during the past few years were remembered.

They were Pat Gerhig, of Wallarobba brigade, who died of a heart attack while on duty as well as former Flat Tops brigade captain Greg Mogenson and Clarence Town firefighter Dave Kennard who died from medical conditions.


Source: Maitland Mercury, Australia.