A Victorian man has died while helping fire fighting efforts in Tasmania.
Peter Ronald Cramer, aged 61, was found dead yesterday about three kilometres from a fire edge east of Taranna on the Tasman Peninsula south of Hobart.
He was one of the Victorian firefighters sent to Hobart to assist in controlling the bushfires that have destroyed about 170 properties.
An alarm was raised about 4:00pm yesterday when he failed to make a scheduled call.
Colleagues say Mr Cramer was a well-respected and trusted team member.
Mr Cramer had 30 years experience in fire planning and management with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).
He was also a volunteer Country Fire Authority (CFA) member with his local crew in Tyers in Gippsland.
The DSE's Chief Fire Officer Alan Goodwin spoke to Mr Cramer's wife this morning.
"Julie would like to pass on her thanks and express how truly loved Peter was by everybody that knew and worked with him," he said.
He says Mr Cramer will be greatly missed.
"He was always fun, he greeted you with a smile and a solid handshake, and that's how I will remember him," he said.
The Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley says Mr Cramer was a trusted firefighter with 30 years experience.
"To lose one of our fine firefighters in the State is a shock to us all," he said.
"We are certainly working through every way possible to support our crews and DSE are doing a fantastic job to support the family.
"We take our caps off to what Peter has done over his 3 decades of service to Victoria through fire fighting.
"He's a person that has made a significant contribution in everyway."
Police say there are no suspicious circumstances, and the coroner will investigate.
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has paid tribute to the firefighter.
"Our hearts go out to him, his family, his friends, his colleagues," he said.
Police say Mr Cramer died of natural causes.
Tasmania's Chief Fire Officer Mike Brown paid tribute to Mr Cramer and says it is a sad time for the force.
"Look it's a kick in the guts, quite frankly," he said.
"We'd been so proud of our record and so pleased with our record, not only from firefighter injury point of view but certainly the broader community, it's been terrific to date.
"And to have this happen now, it's a sad time for the fire fighting community."