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Firefighter death update
(Latest statement from DSE Secretary Greg Wilson): It is with deep sadness that I can confirm today that the DSE firefighter who died while on deployment to Tasmania was 61 year old Peter Cramer from Gippsland.
Alan Goodwin and I have spoken this morning to his wife Julie and extended our sincere sympathies to the family. DSE is offering them support and assistance. Julie and his family want to extend their thanks and express how truly well loved Peter was by everyone who knew him.
Peter was a full time DSE employee in his early 60’s based in Gippsland.
He was an experienced fire fighter with 30 years of experience with DSE in fire planning and management and over 22 years with the CFA as a volunteer at Gembrook, Swifts Creek and Tyers where he was a member up to the time of his death.
At DSE he was a training coordinator and had held previous roles as a PFF, O&HS coordinator and training and capability manager.
Peter was a well respected and trusted member of the DSE community. As training coordinator he loved teaching and passing on his knowledge and had a passion for fire and land management. He was very experienced in fire and travelled to the US on a deployment in 2003
Peter was part of a contingency of firefighters sent to Tasmania on the 10th January to help out with the fires.
At about 5pm yesterday afternoon he was found deceased on a track in the bush near the hamlet of Taranna in Tasmania where he had been working on foot to identify potential containment lines on the southern boundary of the Forcett fire.
He was about 2-3 kilometres from the active fire edge
The cause of death is unknown at the moment but Tasmanian police have told us there appears to be no suspicious circumstances at this stage. However they will investigate and prepare a report for the coroner.
DSE will cooperate fully with this process.
My thoughts and the thoughts of DSE are with his family – his wife, children, extended family and with his DSE and CFA colleagues and friends who have worked with him.
The Employee Assistance Program is there to assist staff who need confidential counselling and support 1300 360 364 and it is a 24/7 service. I also encourage you to speak with your manager.