The International Firefighters Day is celebrated on 4th of May. The day is celebrated to recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their people and environment are as safe as possible.
Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of people. Countless hours volunteered over many years is dedicated by the fighters. In all cases it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.
International Firefighters Day was announced after the incident that occurred in Linton, Australia. The incident occurred on December 2, 1998, five firemen were killed while trying to douse a wildfire.
To honour the brave firemen and to others who lost their lives while performing their duty, it was proposed that 9th January should be celebrated as International FireFighters Day. However, the date May 4 was chosen.
One of the main reasons for IFFD is fire prevention and to improve intensive and thorough training. People and communities across the world show their gratitude by donating money to a charity supporting former firefighters’ medical treatment and wellbeing.