CFS Chief Officer, Euan Fergsuon encouraged the public to support the day, and recognise the efforts of the firefighters in South Australia and across the globe who have died in the line of duty.
To date, 11 South Australian volunteer firefighters have died in action while serving in the CFS between 1979 and 1994, including the three that died during the devastating Ash Wednesday Bushfires of 1983.
“Firefighters place themselves at risk every time they respond to an emergency. As most people are leaving a fire, we’re going in,” Mr Ferguson said.
As part of International Firefighters’ Day there will be an international “Sound Off”.
Sirens at fire stations across the globe will be activated for 30 seconds at noon as a mark of respect to the dedication, commitment and sacrifices of firefighters everywhere.
Steve Chilton, a CFS volunteer for the past 28 years and Captain of the Littlehampton Brigade, said that their station flag will be flown at half mast to honour both active and fallen firefighters.
“For us, it’s as important as ANZAC day,” Mr Chiltern said.
“When fighting a fire, crews are faced with a different kind of war, a battle against the elements in the protection of life and property,” he said.
Morphett Vale CFS Brigade has constructed their own memorial garden to honour fallen firefighters.
The day is also known as St Florian’s Day. St Florian, the patron saint of all firefighters, was the first known commander of a firefighting squad in the Roman Empire.
He lost his life for protecting the same humane ideas which firefighters all over the world share today.
Though a relatively new concept, International Firefighters’ Day is already recognised by more than 10 countries across the globe including Australia, the UK, USA, Lithuania, Peurto Rico, Germany and New Zealand.
For more information about International Firefighters’ Day log onto www.firefightersday.org
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