Bulletin No:          18                                    Volume:  23                        Tuesday 7 February 2017

To: ALL UFU MEMBERS

BLACK SATURDAY ANNIVERSARY

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. This disaster was the worst bushfire in Australian history, claiming the lives of 173 people, thousands of homes and devastating over 500,000 km2 of land.

 Over 78 Victorian townships were impacted by the fires whilst towns such as Marysville, Kinglake and Strathewen were all but destroyed.   

Thousands of Victorians lost their homes, neighbours, family and friends and the psychological impact of Black Saturday is still greatly felt today.

It is now a matter of fact that additional to the psychological impact on the community that many firefighters and other emergency service workers were exposed to horrific events as a result of performing their duties in protecting the public they serve.

Firefighters and emergency service workers in Victoria, nationally and indeed globally are highly regarded, of which we as a community are indeed lucky to have such commitment and willing sacrifices by those who serve in the pursuit of preventing loss of life and property.

The UFU asks members to reflect today on the loss and sacrifice of the Black Saturday victims and of their fellow emergency servicemen and women.

For those who perished, Godspeed, God bless and Rest in Peace.

Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary