DFES commisioner Darren Klemm acknowledges ‘noble’ effort of Perth hills firefighter David Ellis

WA’s prime firefighter has recommended the efforts of the “noble” firefighter seen on his knees in a gut-wrenching {photograph} which emerged from the Perth hills fires.

Division of Hearth and Emergency Providers commissioner Darren Klemm described the picture of Daglish senior firefighter David Ellis as “iconic” and recommended the efforts of him and numerous others placing their lives on the road to save lots of others.

Mr Ellis was photographed by profession firey Mick Dybac, who captured the sheer exhaustion skilled by these on the fireplace floor.

The black and white picture appeared on the entrance web page of Friday’s The West Australian newspaper alongside the headline: “THERE GOES MY HERO”.

The front page of Friday’s The West Australian.
Digital camera IconThe entrance web page of Friday’s The West Australian.

“It is clearly an exhausted firefighter after giving X quantity of effort, hours of effort, to defending lives and property and it’s iconic,” Mr Klemm mentioned.

“We’re always seeing these individuals – on the market doing issues for different individuals,

“It’s one of probably the most noble issues that we see in emergency companies, is that fixed dedication of individuals to commit themselves to doing issues for different individuals of their neighborhood. It’s implausible.”

Whereas 86 houses have been misplaced, the extraordinary efforts of hearth crews have meant 200 houses contained in the fire-affected zone have been saved.

Mr Klemm mentioned whereas firefighting volunteers had been entrance and centre within the battle, State Emergency Service volunteers have additionally been essential.

“The individuals who loaded the retardant onto the big air tankers (in Busselton) are SES volunteers,” he mentioned.

“It’s a really collegiate, collective group that come collectively to assist communities at their biggest time of want.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison this morning acknowledged the efforts of WA hearth crews.

“Yesterday was a really tough day for WA,” he mentioned.

“81 houses have been destroyed, that’s horrible information for these impacted.

“Many many firefighters are nonetheless on the market.”