The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will celebrate International Firefighters’ Day on May 4, 2021. We invite communities, businesses, fire departments, and media to join us in celebrating and highlighting the great work firefighters do every day, and to thank them for all that they do to keep us safe.
So, why a dedicated day to celebrate firefighters? Consider this – you are sitting at the red light, thinking about the day ahead. Conference calls, soccer practice, what’s for dinner and when you hear the siren and air horns coming up behind you. You watch as the engine and truck companies pass you in the oncoming lane to get through the intersection. You think briefly about what they might be responding to before the light goes green and you’re back into your train of thought, the moment having passed.
Firefighters are our family, friends, and co-workers. These special men and women respond to calls for help without hesitation and serve with pride and compassion. “Join us in thanking firefighters for their service as they work the front lines of these troubling times,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF. “Our communities have been made stronger by the dedication of firefighters and nowhere is it more evident in their response to COVID-19.”
International Firefighters’ Day was established in 1999 to honor the lives of five firefighters who died in a wildfire in Victoria, Australia, and to recognize the service and sacrifice that firefighters around the world make daily. This day of recognition is at the core of what the NFFF does: to honor and remember America’s fallen firefighters, to assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and to prevent firefighter line-of-duty injuries and deaths.
Shine Your Light for Firefighters
The NFFF is asking the public to light their homes in “red” on May 4th to celebrate International Firefighters’ Day. We ask that families share their story with us on social media using #Shine4Firefighters. If you need “red” light bulbs, please support the NFFF and buy online using our Amazon Associates link.
We Thank Firefighters
A simple act of kindness is sometimes all it takes to brighten someone’s day and let them know that they matter. For creative and compassionate kids (and adults) who want to let our firefighters know that we are grateful for everything they do, we invite you to draw, color, and share your thank you with the NFFF by emailing a photo of your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org and using on social media with the hashtag #WeThankFFs. We will share your works of art on our website and social media on May 4, 2021, International Firefighters’ Day, to raise spirits and celebrate firefighters everywhere.
This is My Firefighter
Firefighters play a special role in communities across the country; this is a way to honor firefighters who have played a special role in your life. We would be especially honored if our Fire Hero Family community would share a photo of their firefighters. Post a picture on your social media platforms of a firefighter who is important to you with the hashtag #ThisIsMyFirefighter.