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International Firefighters Day

On the 2nd of December 1998, 5 firefighters in Linton Australia, Garry Vredeveldt, Chris Evans, Stuart Davidson, Jason Thomas and Matthew Armstrong, tragically lost their lives when a sudden change of wind engulfed the crews truck.

JJ Edmunson, a fellow volunteer Lieutenant and firefighter in Victoria, was moved by this tragedy to create a new years resolution for 1999. JJ started International Firefighters Day to create an internationally recognised symbol of solidarity and respect for firefighters, that could be celebrated in communities all around the world. With the help of many people worldwide, this brilliant event was made possible.

International Firefighters Day is observed every year on the 4th of May, a feast day for St Florian, the patron saint of all firefighters. This day is a time for everyone to show their support and gratitude for everything that our amazing firefighters do to protect communities, property and wildlife. Our firefighters risk their lives everyday to ensure the safety of our local communities and environments. Our past and present firefighters deserve to receive the many, many thanks that they deserve on this day and year round. 

On the first Sunday of May, at noon local time, local fire brigades sound their sirens for 30 seconds to announce a minutes silence for firefighters that have been lost in the line of duty or tragically passed on. Please read about Sound Off to see how you can show solidarity for the families, loved ones and fellow firefighters who have experienced this loss and grief, and to remember those who are no longer with us.

Every firefighter is an Aussie hero. There are many people behind the front lines who deserve our support and gratitude. You don’t need to pick up a hose to help your local volunteer fire service – get in touch with yours to find out how you can help.

You can visit their website to see how you can best help and for more information about the vital work being done. You can find a memorial or recognition event near you and wear an IFFD blue and red ribbon to show your gratitude for firefighters everywhere. Remember to check out their social media pages for any updates they share!

Check them out and get involved!


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