AVBF president Mr Terry Hunter, who called Mr Clarke “a member of the AVBFB family”, said the tragedy was a difficult reminder of the many risks volunteers were exposed to every day when they went to work for their local communities.
“With an increased number of fires and other dangerous incidents in recent weeks, the AVBFB again expresses its concern for the safety of our members and urges everyone to be extra diligent while defending their local communities,” he said.
Mr Hunter issued a statement offering condolences to Mr Clarke’s family.
“I, like many of our 26,000 members have been deeply saddened by the news.
“Our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim.”
Mr Hunter said local government, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and AVBFB would work together to offer support services to Mr Clarke’s family and brigades in the area.
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