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International Firefighters’ Day 2020: Date, history, significance

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Firefighters are some of the most courageous and fearless people who dedicate their lives for the protection of people and property. Unlike the rest of us, firefighters are tasked with running towards danger instead of away from it. They rescue people from burning buildings and vehicles and are well trained to put out a fire.

Sometimes they even work for long hours at a stretch and are on duty for more than 24 hours. Hence, to recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to keep our communities and environment safe International Firefighters’ Day is celebrated every year.

Firefighters’ Day 2020: Date

International Firefighters’ Day or IFFD is observed annually on May 4 to remember those firefighter’s who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all.

“The role of a firefighter in today’s society – be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defence force, aviation, motor sport, or other is one of dedication, commitment and sacrifice – no matter what country we reside and work in. In the fire service we fight together against one common enemy – fire – no matter what country we come from, what uniform we wear or what language we speak.” – Lt JJ Edmondson, 1999

On this day we also show our support and appreciation to the firefighters’ worldwide who continue to protect us so well throughout the year.

Firefighters’ Day 2020: History

Firefighters’ Day was born after 5 firefighters’ died tragically in 1999 during a bushfire at Linton in Victoria, Australia when they were on a rescue mission. They died due to the sudden change in the direction of the wind.

Soon after that tragic event, a firefighter named JJ Edmondson sent an email to his colleagues calling for an international holiday that would honour the sacrifices and triumphs of firefighters everywhere. On May 4 people all over the world celebrated the first International Firefighters Day.

Source: India Today

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