Victorian firefighter dies near Omeo as Australia's fires crisis continues

| 12.01,20. 06:53 AM |

Victorian firefighter dies near Omeo as Australia's fires crisis continues

Photo: Bushfire activity near Omeo in December. (Supplied: Natalie O'Connell)

A Victorian firefighter has died while working on a blaze near Omeo.

Chris Hardman, chief fire officer at Forest Fire Management Victoria, said the firefighter was involved in an incident while working in the area around the East Gippsland town.

"Family and fellow emergency personnel are being informed and will be supported," Mr Hardman said.

"The safety and wellbeing of our people is our highest priority."

Victoria Police will investigate the matter and prepare a report for the coroner.

It takes the state's bushfire death toll to four, including Mat Kavanagh, another Forest Fire Management Victoria employee who was killed in a road crash last Friday.

"On that day he had extinguished seven unattended campfires. He was doing incredibly critical work," Mr Hardman said at the time.

Buchan man Mick Roberts was the first victim of the bushfire emergency, while Maramingo Creek timber worker Fred Becker was confirmed dead at the weekend.


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