I would just like to send out a huge THANK YOU to all fire fighters for the amazing work they have done and pass on my heartfelt and sincere sympathy and prayers to the families that have lost loved ones and to send my thoughts, love and strength to those who have lost homes.
We lost a very wonderful man that was fighting firers in a neighbouring town near us. Bless you Paul and may you now rest in the Lords arms.
I am also heart broken at the lost of lives and property in SA and send my love and prayers.
A volunteer firefighter who died of a suspected heart attack while battling a blaze in the Hunter region has been named as Deputy Captain Paul Sanderson.
Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said there was sadness right across the firefighting community following the death of the 48-year-old grandfather, who was a 20-year veteran of the service.
Mr Sanderson was helping to contain a five-hectare bushfire at Stanford Merthyr, near Cessnock, about 7pm on Thursday when he collapsed from a suspected heart attack, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) said.
Fellow firefighters tried to revive Mr Sanderson, who was the deputy captain of North Rothbury Fire Brigade, before paramedics took him to John Hunter Hospital, but he could not be saved.
“There is sadness right across the RFS community, right across the firefighting community,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
A woman who died in a fierce bushfire north of Adelaide this week had just opened a public building to offer refuge to local families during the fire emergency.
Janet Hughes, 56, unlocked the institute building at Hamley Bridge and then left, but got only a short distance from the lower north town before she got trapped by the flames.
The bushfire, which started at Pinery on Wednesday and is now contained, destroyed or severely damaged at least 87 homes, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has confirmed.
He said that number was likely to increase once an analysis of the fire ground was completed.
A second person killed in the bushfire, Allan Tiller of Pinery, had been fighting the blaze on a farm when he died.
Mr Weatherill said about 90 people have been treated in hospital and five remained in a critical condition.
Fire losses detailed
87 houses completely destroyed or significantly damaged
384 farm sheds lost
89 pieces of farm machinery destroyed
98 vehicles lost
(Source: SA Police)
May the Lord keep you in his care Paul, Janet and Allen. RIP.
Posted by cherz, 28th November 2015