International Firefighters Day

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2023 DateMay 4, 2023
2024 DateMay 4, 2024
International Firefighters Day

International Firefighters Day History

International Firefighters Day celebrates the efforts and contributions of those individuals who dedicate their lives to saving others from fires. Firefighters protect people and animals from disasters such as fires as well as other dangerous situations. Those firefighters who have lost their lives are honored on this day. A sound off usually occurs. This means firefighters sound off their sirens for 30 seconds followed by a minute of silence.

International Firefighters Day was established in 1999 by JJ Edmondson as a tribute to all the firefighters who dedicate their lives to the profession. It especially recognizes the events in Linton, Australia in 1998 and the firefighters who lost their lives combatting a wildfire. This day is observed annually on 4 May.

International Firefighters Day Facts

  • The date chosen for International Firefighters Day, 4 May, is connected to the patron saint of firefighters, Saint Florian. Saint Florian was the first known commander of a firefighting team in the Roman empire. He dedicated himself to protecting his community from fires and disasters.
  • Wildfire in Canada occur frequently at two common locations: Southern B.C. and the boreal forest which extends from Alaska towards Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • According to the CBC Canadian Radio, more than 1,600 fires burned more than 8,700 kilometers of land in 2021.

International Firefighters Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Wear the official International Firefighters Day ribbon in solidarity with firefighters. The colours, red for fire and blue for water, represent the main elements firefighters work with. They are the internationally recognised colours representing emergency service.
  • Explore nearby events that let you get a better understanding of the world of firefighters and service workers.
  • Watch a compilation of firefighters fighting fires in Canada.

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