A firefighter working in Gippsland has died
Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp has confirmed that the Victorian firefighter who died near Omeo yesterday was Forest Fire Management Victoria firefighter and Parks Victoria employee Bill Slade.
Bill is survived by wife Carol, daughter Steph and son Ethan.
Bill has been a long serving team member of Parks Victoria, having recently being acknowledged for 40-years’ service.
Forest Fire Management Victoria Chief Fire Officer Chris Hardman said: “This is a significant loss for our firefighting family and the Victorian community.
“Bill was working as a member of a taskforce on the fireground in the vicinity of Anglers Rest near Omeo when he was struck by a tree.