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The Fallen Personnel Memorial pays tribute to more than 140 people who died while in the line of duty, whether that be in emergency response, forestry, land management or other activities.

The memorial was launched by Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, Secretary John Bradley and Chief Fire Officer Chris Hardman as part of Thursday’s virtual event, to which all DELWP staff were invited.

Families and friends of some of our fallen colleagues, together with representatives from our partner agencies, also attended the event.

In a recorded message, Minister D’Ambrosio said the memorial paid tribute to the sacrifice of our fallen personnel and to their tireless efforts protecting lives, property and the environment.

'We live in a wonderful part of Australia and we are eternally grateful to all of those who have given their lives helping to protect and serve their communities,' Ms D’Ambrosio said in her address.

As part of the memorial, DELWP commissioned the design and construction of 9 honour rolls, which have been set up at worksites across the state.

A statewide honour roll has been set up in the foyer of DELWP’s office at 8 Nicholson Street in Melbourne and lists all of the names of those who have died working for DELWP and predecessor agencies.

The remaining 8 honour rolls are specific to our regions and will be officially unveiled at regional events after the fire season.

From 2021 onwards, we also will pay tribute to our fallen personnel on a nominated day each year.

In his address during the virtual event, Chief Fire Officer Chris Hardman said the memorials would provide a valuable space for reflection.

'I think it’s really important for us to give ourselves the opportunity to reflect on the amazing sacrifice made by so many people in service to their community,' he said.

Page last updated: 20/11/20