International Firefighters' Day 2022: History, Significance, Facts and more

Publish Date: 04 May, 2022
International Firefighters' Day 2022: History, Significance, Facts and more

“Firefighters are some of the most selfless public servants you will ever encounter” - Denis Leary

International Firefighters' Day (IFFD) 2022: International Firefighters’ Day recognises the sacrifices of firefighters who make ensure that their communities and environment are safe. Firefighters’ are well trained to control any situation of disaster. On this day we thanked current and past firefighters for their contributions.

We can’t ignore that firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. In all cases, it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter's life. For us, they are the saviours of life but it is a part of their job. This day is to celebrate the courage and brevity that these men and women show.

International Firefighter's Day (IFFD) is a time when the community of the world recognise and honours the sacrifices of the firefighters who make their communities and environment as safe as possible.

This day is to remember those firefighters who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all. Also, it is the time to show appreciation and support to the firefighters world wide who continue to protect us so well throughout the year.


International Firefighters' Day (IFFD): History

In Ancient Egypt, the first organised professional for firefighters was to combat structural fires but at that time firefighters worked for private companies and they provide the services to those only who can afford it. Later, in Ancient Rome, Ceasar Augustus revolutionised fire fighting by calling for the creation of fireguards which was known as Vigiles, they were trained, paid and equipped by the State.

In 1999, Firefighters' Day was created when 5 firefighters' died tragically during a wildfire at Linton in Victoria, Australia. They died due to the sudden change in the direction of the wind as the blaze caught them and they died tragically. 


Why is International Firefighters' Day (IFFD) celebrated on 4 May?

It is celebrated on 4 May because it is also Saint Florian's Day. Saint Florian, who was said to be one of the first commanding firefighters of an actual Roman battalion and saved many lives, is the patron saint of firefighters. Do you know that Saint Florian saved an entire burning village in Ancient Rome? He is the patron saint of chimney sweeps and firefighters. So, International Firefighter's Day is celebrated on this particular date as it is the feast day of Saint Florian.


How is International  Firefighters' Day (IFFD) celebrated?

People bring a cake to pave gestures to the firefighters in the fire hall. Some donate money as a charity, some help firefighters if injured in the line of duty, give medical treatment if required for their better health. Charities done for firefighters help retired firefighters and their families to live a comfortable life after so many years of risk that they took for us. Even several communities, and organisations raise awareness about the dangers that firefighters face bravely by wearing a red and blue ribbon.

One of the main aspects to celebrate this day is fire prevention and the need for more intensive and thorough training. All over the world Firefighters and their agencies are constantly working and doing prevention whether in schools, in the public, community, at assemblies etc. So, we should thank firefighters for their brave work and courage.

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