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Firefighters' Memorial Grove

International Firefighters’ Day Memorial Service

Following the State Government’s further easing of restrictions in the Perth and Peel regions, the 2021 International Firefighters’ Memorial Service will proceed.

However, in accordance with State Government requirements and health advice, all attendees will be required to wear a mask and scan in using the SafeWA app or on the manual registers available.

For those unable to attend, the event will be livestream below or directly from YouTube.​

 

 Live Event

 

 

International Firefighters’ Day is observed on 4 May each year, to coincide with the feast of St Florian the patron saint of all firefighters. The day pays respect to volunteer and career firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge current and past firefighters for their extraordinary commitment, exceptional courage and selfless pledge to serve their community.

In honour of International Firefighters’ Day 2021 DFES will mark the occasion with a memorial service at the Firefighters’ Memorial Grove in Kings Park on Sunday 2 May. The service includes the reading of the Fallen Firefighters’ Honour Roll which commemorates Western Australian volunteer and career firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

All current and retired DFES personnel, volunteers, families and friends are invited to attend the service to remember and pay their respects.

Date: Sunday 2 May 2021
Time: Memorial Service 11:15am for 11:30am start Light refreshments served from 12:30pm
Location: Firefighte rs Memorial Grove, Forrest Drive, Kings Park
Dress code: Please observe the 2021 International Firefighters Day dress code for the service
All attendees are required to wear a mask, in line with State Government requirements and health advice

 

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On 23 July 2000, the Firefighters’ Memorial Grove in Kings Park was unveiled to mark the centenary of fire services in Western Australia and honour the contribution of career and volunteer firefighters in protecting our State.

Located Forrest Drive in Kings Park, the memorial includes a granite arc representing the base of a burnt out tree and a ten tonne rock symbolising a flame, which reflects the impact and role of fire.

The memorial also includes an impressive life size bronze casting of two firefighters, a low granite wall containing a commemorative script and a landscaped pathway, which combines to create a connection between the existing and new elements within the Grove.

The purpose of the two statues is not only to recognise the contribution of all firefighters both past and present, but also to display the deep respect and gratitude that the community holds for them.

The statues also represent the respect and admiration that firefighters hold for each other, specifically the support that they provide each other while facing some of the most challenging and hazardous environments.

May the Firefighters’ Memorial Grove become a place of contemplation, a place to reflect on cherished memories and a place that celebrates the ongoing dedication of our valued firefighters now and into the future.

 

Fallen Firefighters' Honour Roll

In memory of career and volunteer firefighters who have lost their lives serving the community.

Western Australian career Fire and Rescue Service

Wright (William) Lingard - 29 December 1916
Donald Hunter – 23 January 1950
Arthur du Borlay - 26 March 1956
William (Ray) Murphy – 3 December 1974
Garry Miller – 1970’s
Colin Smith – 10 September 1983
Leo Leyland - 4 September 1986
Laurie Rose – 1980’s
Jake O’Callaghan – 17 January 1995
Gary Peat – 22 April 1998
Craig Brown – 6 June 2002
Ronald Wilson – 7 March 2003
Ian Oliver – 22 January 2006
Ian Ding – 11 October 2006
Lance Davey – 18 September 2009
Robert Reed – 29 October 2009
Todd Liddington – 23 April 2011
Shona McCulloch - 20 October 2011
Gregory Nicolay – 16 July 2012
Grant Cowper – 18 September 2012
Mark Claffey - 14 October 2012
Maurie Parker - 18 June 2015
Kevin Corbey – 31 July 2015
Kim Maldon – 3 March 2016
Steve McDonald - 20 October 2016
Steven Watson - 21 April 2017
David Parkin – 19 October 2019

 

Western Australian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

Fredrick Maller  29 January 1908
Charles White – 1 April 1923
Thomas Fry – 29 December 1955
Graham Ennor – 16 March 1980
John Wake – 28 November 1993
Glenn Hoffman – 12 February 1996

 

Bushfire Service of Western Australia

Joseph Perks – 15 March 1950
Leslie Eyden – 13 March 1957
James Pound – 14 January 1967
Ernest White – 6 November 1967
Clifford Rogers – 21 February 1978
Edna McLaren – 4 April 1978
Colin McLean – 11 August 1984
Raymond Smith – 23 January 1986
Lionel Armstrong – 5 March 1987
John Giacomelli – 17 December 1987
Murray Pfennig – 28 December 1989
James Marshall – 31 January 1991
Luigi Scolari – 5 December 1993
Mervyn Ronan – 5 November 1995
Paul Robinson – 22 January 1996
Jim Lees – 30 June 1996
Colin Diprose – 16 December 1997
John Sobczyk – 28 March 1998
Richard Barrett-Lennard – 10 May 2000
Robert Sprigg – 30 December 2001
Craig Sandy – 26 January 2003
Charles (Bill) Baldock – 25 February 2004
Ronald McBride – 11 October 2006
Freddie Curnow – 17 November 2015
Ross Fenwick – 11 January 2016

 

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Johan Hilliger – 2 January 1958
Robert Johnston – 2 January 1958
George McCorkhill – 2 January 1958
John Wiltshire-Butler – 2 January 1958
Bill Bellianczuk – 1958
Arthur Cleveland – 8 January 1963
Fred Jaeske – 8 January 1963
Louis Falcone – 1964
John Rate – 23 December 1969
Len Hughan – 4 April 1978
Wendy Bearfoot – 1 November 2012