International Firefighters Day is a professional holiday of gratitude and recognition for this dangerous profession. Firefighters save people, animals, property, and infrastructure from fire. Unfortunately, fighting fire can also take the heroes’ lives.
International Day of Firefighters was preceded by very sad events. In December 1998, a massive fire broke out in the Australian bush. Firefighters could not cope and called for reinforcements. Five more firefighters went to help them. But as soon as they got there, the wind changed drastically, blowing in their direction. The fire killed the 5 men in a matter of minutes.
In January 1999, International Firefighters Day appeared. Why May 4th? This is the day of St. Florian Lorch, the patron saint of all firefighters, according to Catholic tradition. In addition, in some countries on May 4, the Firefighters Day was already established, and they decided to make it international.
Some highlights of International Firefighters Day:
- It is customary not only to celebrate but also to commemorate heroes who chose this dangerous profession and gave their lives to save others.
- The colors of the holiday are red (fire) and blue (water) ribbon.
- In some countries, May 4 is approved as the day of all emergency services.
When is International Firefighters Day celebrated in 2024?
International Firefighters Day is observed on May 4 each year.