Volunteer firefighters who were killed in the line of duty have been remembered in a moving memorial service on Saturday.
Dozens of people from the Country Fire Service, South Australia Police, SA Ambulance Service, local councils and the community braved the wind and the rain at the memorial in Naracoorte to pay their respects to the hard working volunteers who lost their lives.
Vice chairperson of the SA Volunteers Firefighters Museum Allan Hall welcomed everyone to the service and acknowledged members who were unable to join the service.
"It is good to see the people we have here today. We've got a number of members who are not well enough to travel anymore, and it is quite emotional to not have them here.
"We also have to acknowledge some members that we have lost over the past two years.
"Everything that has happened since we were last here, particularly the last 12 months with this lovely pandemic, still doesn't take away from the significance of what we are here for today - acknowledging the number of CFS Volunteers that have lost their lives in the battle against fire and the eight foresty men.
"We all go out, we all do the job but these are people who, through no fault of their own, didn't come home."
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the CFS was made up of 'selfless individuals" and passed on a message of thanks from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
"We don't have to think back for either in time or geography from this place - we only need to look back in time to the recent Blackford/Avenue Range fire, which burnt 14,000 hectares with significant stock losses that impacted 75 landholders and homes and infrastructures destroyed," he said.
"Despite those losses, I know members of the community are grateful for the help that came their way on the fire day.
"Without the assistance of the numerous organisations - the formal units, farm fire units, then events that befell the people of Avenue Range, Blackford and Lucindale would have been much worse.
"To every paid and unpaid professional that fought that fire, and indeed given our remembrance today every other bushfire we have faced, I have a single message and this is a message the Prime Minister has asked me to deliver to you - it's two words and it's thank you."
Member for Mackillop Nick McBride and CFS Chief Offiecr Mark Jones also spoke and paid their respects.
Talented musician Bev Branson performed two moving numbers, and Piper Rosemary Gerhardy played the bagpipes.
Pastor Andrew Everson conducted the service and Padthaway CFS cadets assisted with the lowering of the flags.
Those in attendance came forward and laid wreaths at the memorial following a minutes silence.
IN MEMORY OF
South Australian EFS and CFS volunteers
- Barry McLoughlin, Athelstone Brigade, 1979
- Andrew Lemke, Lucindale Brigade, 1983
- Peter Matthies, Summertown Brigade, 1983
- Brian Nosworthy, Callendale Brigade, 1983
- Dean Dennis, Yeelanna Brigade, 1985
- Brian Fox, Lobethal Brigade, 1986
- Peter Stacy, Burnside Brigade, 1990
- Howard Kruse, Waterloo Brigade 1990
- Robert Jones, Yahl Brigade, 1991
- Peter Aird, Moorook, 1993
- Leslie Peek, Strathalbyn Brigade, 1994
- Trent Murnane, Cummins Brigade, 2005
- Neil Richardson, Ungarra Brigade, 2005
- Andrew Harrison, Mt Templeton Brigade, 2014
- Brian Johnston, Millicent Brigade, 2014
And Woods and Forests employees killed in the Wandilo Forest Fire, April 5, 1958
- Remo Quaggiato, 25
- Bernardus Hendrikus Damhuis, 16
- Charles Theodore Dolling, 45
- Victor Lawrence Fensom, 45
- Bertram Wilson, 51
- Maurice Henry Treloar, 27
- Walter Pascoe Pearce, 46
- Francis Burdett, 49