To remember those Firefighters who died responding to a call for help in the line of duty with the CFA and its predecessor organisations, the Country Fire Brigades Board and the Bush Fire Brigades Committee, prior to the formation of the CFA.
This section is dedicated to remembering those firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty and to honour the personal sacrifices and commitment that our firefighters make each and every day.
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Memorial Wall at Fiskville
Following the tragic Ash Wednesday fires of 1983, CFA established a Memorial Wall dedicated to the men and women of CFA who have lost their lives while serving their communities.
Construction of the Memorial Wall at Fiskville was completed in December 1986. It was dedicated by the CFA Chaplain and officially opened by the Premier of Victoria on 12 April 1987.
The Memorial is in the form of a reflective pool and natural stone wall set in a landscaped garden situated in front of the teaching centre. The plaques are mounted on the stone wall.
Each plaque shows the name, fire brigade and date of the incident of each CFA fire fighter who has lost their life since the inception of CFA in 1944. These plaques and the events that led to them, underlines the bravery shown by our members, ordinary Victorians, who year after year, voluntarily risk their lives in the battle to protect the community.
There are now 67 plaques on the wall.
Each year since the dedication of the memorial wall at Fiskville, CFA has conducted an Annual Memorial Service.
In the past decade CFA initiated a program where the memorial service was taken to regional centres around Victoria. In 1998 the first regional memorial service was held in Bendigo. Services have since been held in Wangaratta, Sale, Warrnambool, Shepparton, Lilydale, Leongatha, Stawell, Frankston, Myrtleford and Geelong.
A banner representing the memorial wall is taken to each Memorial Service. Whenever an additional plaque is included on the memorial wall, the firefighter’s name and other details are also embroidered on the banner. Sadly, a second banner is now required.
In recent years this service has been held on the closest Sunday to 4 May, which is both International Firefighters Day and St. Florian's Day (St. Florian is the Patron Saint of Firefighters).
The firefighters prayer is read out at firefighter funerals and commemoration service.
When I am called to duty, God,
wherever flames may rage,
grant us the strength to save lives,
whatever be their age.
Help us embrace a little child,
before it is too late,
or save an older person,
from the horror of that fate.
Enable us to be alert,
and hear the weakest shout,
to quickly and efficiently,
put the fires out.
We want to fulfil our calling,
and be the best we can,
in guarding our every neighbour,
and protecting their property.
And if it be, while on the job,
I should lose my life,
please bless with your sustaining hand,
all those I’ve loved in life.
Line of duty: A member is considered in the line of duty, from when they first respond to a call for help to an emergency incident until they return from the incident to their home brigade. Those performing other operational support activities directly related to an emergency incident are also considered as acting in the line of duty. (CFA policy HR02019 Death of a Member)