Firefighting heroes from across the state will be commemorated in a memorial service in the South East at the weekend.
Members of the South Australian community, along with the families, friends and colleagues of firefighters lost in the line of duty, are encouraged to attend the service, which will be held at the SA Volunteers Fire Fighters Memorial in Naracoorte from 11am on Saturday.
A plaque honouring fallen firefighter Louise Hincks will be unveiled during this years' ceremony, acknowledging her service to the Country Fire Service and the ultimate sacrifice that she, like others before her, have made to protect their community.
SA Volunteer Fire Fighters Museum chairman Rex Hall said this year's ceremony would involve the Happy Valley cadets.
"There is a deep sadness that is experienced whenever we lose a firefighter, so it's important that we have the time to pause and reflect on their sacrifice and bravery," he said.
"This year we have the opportunity to include the Happy Valley cadets in the service, which is a touching tribute to Louise's brigade."
Mr Hall said the cadets would lower the flag to half-mast before a minute's silence.
"Firefighting is inherently dangerous, and the commitment and the sacrifices made by the 13,500 CFS volunteers should be acknowledged and respected every day, not just today," he said.
There are 16 plaques honouring the CFS firefighters who have previously died in the line of service.
There is also a separate plaque in memory of the eight Forestry SA personnel who lost their lives in the Wandilo Forest Fire on Saturday, April 5 1958.
CFS operations executive director Brett Loughlin said the annual service was an important time to pause and reflect on the dedication, commitment, and bravery of all CFS volunteers.
"The memorial service provides an important moment in time to reflect on those that have been lost whilst protecting and serving their community," he said.
He said this year's memorial would be particularly emotional for the community, and the entire CFS family.
"Louise was not only a dedicated CFS volunteer with the Eden Hills and Happy Valley brigades, but also an incredible support for the wider Emergency Services Sector through her extensive work with SAFECOM's Stress Prevention and Management program," Assistant Chief Officer Loughlin said.
"Louise Hincks was a much-loved member of the CFS and SAFECOM and she will always be in our hearts."
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