A national memorial service will recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their communities.
Friday’s service in Canberra will commemorate fire and rescue workers who died in the line of duty.
Family members and agency officials will gather at the national memorial on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin to pay their respects.
A commemorative medal will be presented to each family of the 13 fire and rescue service workers from NSW, ACT, SA, Queensland, Tasmania and the NT who were remembered during this year’s event.
“The national memorial service provides an opportunity for the fire and emergency services community to offer their collective support to families, friends and colleagues and the presentation of an AFAC medallion honors this incredible sacrifice,” said Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authority Council Chair Rob Webb said.
A further 24 names have been engraved on the memorial wall since the previous memorial day.
The Memorial Wall commemorates the 602 fire and rescue workers who lost their lives in Australia and New Zealand.
Governor General David Hurley and Secretary of Emergency Management Bridget McKenzie will attend the service.
Australian Associated Press