Gippsland firefighter dies in Tasmania 

A GIPPSLAND firefighter has died during back-burning operations in Tasmania on Sunday.

He was 61-year-old Peter Ronald Cramer of Tyers.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment firefighter was part of the Victorian contingent of firefighters sent to assist with the Tasmanian bushfires.

A statement issued by DSE secretary Greg Wilson and chief fire officer Alan Goodwin said the firefighter was found dead near Taranna in Tasmania where he had been working on foot to identify potential containment lines on the southern boundary of the Forcett Fire about two to three kilometres from the active fire edge.

Tasmanian police said there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances and would prepare a report for the coroner.

“Our sincere condolences are with the family and support is being offered,” the joint statement said.

“We are also offering support to all DSE staff members.

“Representatives from DSE have been sent to Tasmania to support crew members still on the ground in Tasmania.”

The DSE is working with Tasmanian police and the Tasmania Fire Service to assist in the investigation.

It was unclear exactly how the man died or if he was working alone.