Line of Duty Death: As U.S. Crews Arrived to Assist With the Australian Wildfires an Australian Firefighter Was Killed Today Battling Those Fires

As the world watches the devestation happening in Australia sadly they lost one of their firefighters today battling the wildfires.  This is the fifth firefighter to pass while battling these wildfires.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved and all that continue to battle these devastating wildfires. – “It occurred Saturday January 11 while a firefighter was working on a fire in the Omeo area of Victoria, Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp has confirmed.

Forest Fire Management Victoria Chief Fire Officer Chris Hardman said, “Bill Slade was working as a member of a task force at the Anglers Rest area and he was struck by a tree.”

“Family and fellow emergency personnel are being informed and will be supported,” he said. “The safety and wellbeing of our people is our highest priority. The matter will be investigated by Victoria Police who will prepare a report for the Coroner.”

Mr. Slade, 60, had worked for 40 years as a firefighter with Parks Victoria. He is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Steph and son Ethan.

Our sincere condolences go out to the family, friends, and co-workers.”…Continue Reading Here

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