Vale Don Alexander AFSM
Thursday, 14 Jan 2021
A memorial will be held for Don Alexander AFSM on Wednesday 20th January at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame “Cottage” in Longreach at 11am.
All are invited to attend and celebrate Don’s life with his family. Don passed away late last week.
Don’s lifelong commitment to protecting people from fire was driven by the great fire tragedy of 1954 where 3 volunteers from Sesbania Rural Fire Brigade died while firefighting and 1918 when 7 men perished at Saltern Creek, Willoughby and Rodney Downs stations fires.
Don’s father, as a teenager in 1918, was tasked with giving these dying men water while a motor car was brought from the Willoughby Homestead another three miles away and this experience passed from father to son must have ignited Don’s passion for firefighter safety.
Everyone knew of Dons determination to ensure that firefighting practices and equipment met the needs of western firefighting and that he doggedly pursued the fire service and his fellow elected RFBAQ representatives to ensure that the highest quality wool fire blankets were available not only in fire trucks but in all equipment on the fire ground. This level of commitment also resulted in one of the best training videos produced for firefighting in Queensland called “Grassland Dry Firefighting” (watch on YouTube here).
People of Don’s calibre and commitment are rare, not just now, but at anytime and I consider myself the richer for having known him and hope that his family find strength and solace from his memory and achievements.