Tributes flow for DSE firefighter

TRIBUTES have begun flowing online for 61 year-old Tyers resident and Department of Sustainability and Environment firefighter Peter Cramer, who died while on deployment in Tasmania on Sunday.

Mr Cramer, who was part of the Victorian contingent of firefighters assisting with the Tasmanian bushfires, was found near Taranna where he had been working on foot to identify containment lines.

He was found deceased when he failed to make a scheduled call-in.

While the cause of death is still subject of investigation, Tasmanian police have said there were no suspicious circumstances.

DSE chief fire officer Alan Goodwin said, in a statement, Mr Cramer was a veteran firefighter with 30 years of experience with DSE in fire planning and management.

“I have spoken with his wife Julie, this morning and extended our sincere sympathies to the family. DSE is offering them support and assistance,” Mr Goodwin said.

“Julie and her family want to extend their thanks and express how truly well loved Peter was by everyone who knew him.

“Peter was a training coordinator and had held previous roles as a project firefighter, an occupational health and safety coordinator and training and capability manager.

“Peter had over 22 years with the CFA as a volunteer at Gembrook, Swifts Creek and Tyers where he was a member.”

Readers of The Express on Facebook remembered Mr Cramer as “a true gentleman” and a “funny and sincere” person.