South Australian Country Fire Service Promotions Unit

Promoting and Archiving the Historical foundations of the Service


Memorials to Firefighters

Remembering our Fallen

Throughout the SA Country Fire Service Brigades, there is a history of mateship, and being part of a family with all Fire Service members. Memorials have been constructed to remember those who have been killed whilst fighting fires and on active duty

There are a number of significant Memorials in South Australia. One Memorial is located at the Centennial Park Gardens, Pasadena, which is for Fire, SA Police, St John Ambulance and National Crime Authority members, with another major Memorial at the Mount Lofty Summit Visitors Center which is for CFS members only. The SA Volunteer Firefighters Museum has a large memorial at Naracoorte, located alongside the Museum complex

Each year on the 16th of February, the day fire swept over the Mount Lofty Summit area, a service is held to remember those CFS volunteers who have fallen whilst on duty.

Roll of Honour - EFS volunteers

Alexander Roy Nenke, Aged 60, Fire Fighter with Greenock Brigade
Died of heart attack four days after attending petrol tanker fire, 19th July 1971

Roll of Honour - CFS volunteers

Barry James McLoughlin, Aged 33, Senior Fire Fighter with Athelstone Brigade
Vehicle accident enroute to fire. Gorge Rd, Athelstone, 15th February 1979

Brian Nosworthy, Aged 52, Callendale Brigade
Ash Wednesday Fire, 16th February 1983

Peter Ralph Matthies, Aged 27, Brigade Fire Fighter, Summertown Brigade
Caught in fire. Ash Wednesday Fire, 16th February 1983

Andrew Eric Lemke, Aged 23, Brigade Fire Fighter, Lucindale Brigade
Ash Wednesday Fire, 16th February 1983

Dean Russell Dennis, Aged 49 Brigade Fire Fighter, Yeelanna Brigade
Property fire, Possible heart failure at incident. 18th March 1985

Brian Arthur Fox, Captain, Lobethal Brigade
Heart attack at incident, 22nd January 1986

Peter Donald Stacy, Aged 25, Brigade Fire Fighter, Burnside Brigade
Vehicle accident at incident, 23rd March 1990

Howard Herbert Kruse, Aged 51, Brigade Fire Fighter, Waterloo Brigade
Heart failure, 1st May 1990

Robert Leslie Jones, Aged 42, Brigade Fire Fighter, Yahl Brigade
Heart attack at structure fire, Johnston's Road, O.B. Flat. 1st February 1991

Peter Geoffrey Aird, Aged 46, Brigade Fire Fighter, Moorook Brigade
Heart attack at incident, 21st August 1993

Leslie John Peek, Aged 48, Deputy Group Officer, Strathalbyn Group, Strathalbyn Brigade
Heart attack at incident, 10th March 1994

Trent Alan Murnane, Aged 30, Brigade Fire Fighter, Cummins Brigade
Wangary Fires, 11th January 2005

Neil George Richardson, Aged 54, Brigade Fire Fighter, Ungarra Brigade
Wangary Fires, 11th January 2005

Andrew Raymond Harrison, Aged 38, Brigade Lieutenant, Mount Templeton Brigade
Nantawarra Fire, 31st October 2014

Brian Johnston, Aged 65, Deputy Group Officer, Wattle Range Group, Millicent Brigade
Rendlesham Fire, 9th December 2014

Centenial Park Memorial

Around South Australia, there are many memorials and plaques for Firefighters, Farmers and incidents that have occurred over the years. One major fire claimed the lives of eight Woods and Forests firefighters, a state government department with only three survivors out of the eleven crew. This memorial is located where the incident occured in the Wandilo Forest

The National Emergency Services Memorial was dedicated in July 2004 in honour of the thousands of men and women who serve and have served in Australia s emergency management and services organisations. The memorial provides a place to reflect on those who have been injured or died while carrying out their duties for the benefit of the wider Australian community, located in Canberra, alongside the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Mount Lofty Summit Memorial

Photos taken by the CFS Promotions Unit