Did you realise it's now less than three months until International FireFighters' Day (IFFD) on May 4?
This is a good time to start planning how you can recognise your past and LODD firefighters with a memorial to honour the dedication, service and, in many cases, ultimate sacrifice of those who have gone before us.
In addition, IFFD is an excellent opportunity for fire services and departments to plan open days, parades, information sessions, firefighter balls and other events that will allow the public to meet and thank firefighters for what they do. These things will also provide an excellent opportunity for members of the public to learn more about what firefighters do, the equipment they use, their daily routine, the people and roles that support them, and even to promote community safety messages.
Please share your ideas of what your department or fire service plan to do, not only to recognise our past heroes but also those currently dedicating their lives to the protection of life and property.
To all firefighters: urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defence force, aviation, motor-sport, or other, the IFFD family wish you a safe and happy festive season and, most of all, a safe and happy 2017.
May you all stay safe and find some time to celebrate with your loved ones.
Thank you for your commitment and dedication in the protection of us all.
You are our true heroes, thank you!
International Firefighters' Day shared Unserved Justice's video.
September 11, marks 15 years since that tragic day where 2,996 people were killed - 343 of those were our firefighting brethren who ran INTO the danger to help rescue others.
We stop to remember those lost and honour the bravery and selflessness of our fellow firefighters.
We will not forget you. RIP.
When I am called to duty, God,
wherever flames may rage,
grant us the strength to save lives,
whatever be their age.
Help us embrace a little child,
before it is too late,
or save an older person,
from the horror of that fate.
Enable us to be alert,
and hear the weakest shout,
to quickly and efficiently,
put the fires out.
We want to fulfil our calling,
and be the best we can,
in guarding our every neighbour,
and protecting their property.
And if it be, while on the job,
I should lose my life,
please bless with your sustaining hand,
all those I’ve loved in life.
International Firefighters' Day shared ABC News's video.
Around the world on Wednesday 4 May, communities stopped to thank their firefighters for their commitment and sacrifice.
In Alberta, Canada our firefighting brethren are battling a massive wildfire. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they try to bring this inferno under control.
#Respect4Fireys #StandTogether #IFFD #BraveEveryDay
A massive wildfire in the western Canadian city of Fort McMurray has forced the evacuation of 88,000 residents and destroyed about 1,600 structures.
Read the story here: http://ab.co/1W9G8tx
Firefighters, no matter what their race, country, religion, sex or uniform, all fight against our common enemy, fire, to ensure that lives, property and the environment are protected.
All around the world people are celebrating their local firefighters bravery, commitment, dedication and sacrifices on International FireFighters' Day. Together we share their celebrations but we also remember those working and fighting right now amidst a massive battle to protect lives & property, particularly our brethren fighting a raging wildfire in Alberta, Canada.
Let's send them strength in their battle, let them know you're thinking of them and share images created for IFFD this year.
Stay safe brave firefighters, we wish we were fighting by your side.
#IFFD #Respect4Fireys #InternationalFireFightersDay