International Firefighters’ Day is observed each year on 4th May. On this date you are invited to remember the past firefighters who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all. At the same time, we can show our support and appreciation for the firefighters worldwide who continue to protect us so well throughout the year.
Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in others it is many selfless years working in the industry. In all cases it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.
It was celebrated for the first time in 1999. When there was a fire in the bushes of Linton in Victoria, Australia. Five members of the team that went to extinguish this fire were scorched to death due to wind blowing in the opposite direction. Although, earlier the Meteorological Department had not predicted any wind blowing in the opposite direction, but due to the sudden change of wind direction, all the five firefighters got trapped in the fire.
International Firefighters Day is celebrated every year on May 4 in honour of his death.
The symbol of International Firefighters Day is a two-coloured ribbon, red for fire and blue for water. On this day in Europe, fire brigade sirens are played for 30 seconds at noon. After this, silence is observed for a minute, in which respect and thanks are given to the firefighters.