Fallen firefighters remembered at St Paul's Church in M'boro
FLAGS at Queensland Fire Stations will fly at half mast today to commemorate National Firefighters' Remembrance Day.
Emergency services officers from throughout the North Coast district paid their respects at St Paul's church in Maryborough this morning at service dedicated the 49 officers who had lost their lives while on duty.
North Coast Region assistant commissioner John Watson said there was an exceptional turn out at the service this morning, with officers from as far away as the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg attending the service.
"We had representatives from all emergency groups here this morning, as well as a lot of local government figures and community members," asst com Watson said.
"Today is a day to remember our fallen firefighters who died protecting the lives of others."
Ast Com Watson said the service also gave officers a chance to reflect on the changes which had taken effect since the service began in 1877.
"About 49 officers have died in the line of duty since the service began," he said.
"So today gives us a chance to remember those officers and to publicly recognise the work our officers do now."