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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Govt expresses sympathy over loss of volunteer firefighter

The NSW Government has expressed its deepest sympathies to the family of a NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteer firefighter who lost his life in the Northern Rivers yesterday.

The RFS has confirmed the firefighter died after experiencing a medical episode while working on a fire at Bean Creek in the Kyogle region.

Fellow RFS members came to the volunteer’s assistance until ambulance officers arrived.

Emergency Services Minister, Jihad Dib said the impact of the tragedy would also be felt by RFS colleagues and across the local community. 

“My heart goes out to the family of the brave volunteer who lost his life today defending the people of NSW on the frontline of this fire,” Mr Dib said.

“Our emergency services volunteers give so much to help keep others safe, and we are devastated that today this firefighter gave his life in service to our community. 

“I would also like to pay tribute to the brigade members who came to his assistance today, and who are also in our thoughts as they mourn the loss of a valued colleague.

“Days like this are extremely tough and we thank volunteers for everything they do to keep us safe.”

RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers said the death was a solemn reminder about the dangers faced by members.

“This is a terrible tragedy, where a volunteer helping protect his community has paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Commissioner Rogers said.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and firefighting colleagues at this terrible time. We are offering every assistance to his family and fellow brigade members.

The RFS is providing support to the volunteer’s family, friends and firefighting colleagues.

Support is also available through:

  • Lifelinelaunch – 13 11 14
  • Beyond Bluelaunch – 1300 22 4636
  • NSW RFS members can contact the Critical Incident Support Services Team or the Member Assistance Program for free assistance.

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