International Firefighters’ Day

International Firefighters' Day 2021

International Firefighters’ Day is a way to say thank you to the world’s firefighters for all that they do to keep our communities safe

Born out of a tragic loss of five firefighters in a wildfire in Victoria, Australia, it was a way to honor their lives and the sacrifice that firefighters are willing to make for you and me on a daily basis. This day of recognition is at the core of what the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) does. Our mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen firefighters, to assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and to prevent firefighter injuries and deaths.

Around the World with Chief Billy Goldfeder

The NFFF Observed Int’l Firefighters’ Day

We invite communities, businesses, fire departments, and media to join us again in 2022 in celebrating and highlighting the great work firefighters do every day, and to thank them for all that they do to keep us safe.
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The role of a firefighter in today’s society – be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defense 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.
– Lieutenant JJ Edmondson, Founder of International Firefighters’ Day

International Firefighters’ Day Trivia

Play On Your Own

Thank you for joining us on live on Facebook for our first ever trivia night! We had a great time celebrating International Firefighters’ Day with you. For those who missed it, you can still test your knowledge of International Firefighters’ Day and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Play Now!

Shine Your Light for Firefighters

Shine Your Light for Firefighters

In recognition of International Firefighters’ Day, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation invites you to Shine Your Light for Firefighters on May 4th.

This is My Firefighter

This is My Firefighter

On May 4, post a picture on your social media platforms of a firefighter who is important to you with the hashtag #ThisIsMyFirefighter.

We Thank Firefighters

We Thank Firefighters

The NFFF invites you to draw, color, craft and share your thank you with the us using #WeThankFFs on May 4, 2021, International Firefighters’ Day.

International Firefighters' Day 2021

Promote the Day in Your Community

Find downloadable resources including social media graphics and web banners to use to promote International Firefighters’ Day in your community.

A Look Back at International Firefighters’ Day 2020

For the first time, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation joined the global celebration of firefighters on May 4, 2020. This day of recognition is at the core of what the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) does. Our mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen firefighters, to assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and to prevent firefighter injuries and deaths.

During International Firefighters’ Day 2020 we came together to celebrate firefighters worldwide and thank them for their service. Whether you lit your home in redmade thank you signs, or watched special tributes online, you let firefighters know how much they mean to our communities. Through your generous support of the Foundation’s #Give2NFFFNow campaign, you also helped Fire Hero Families and firefighters impacted by line-of-duty deaths and this global pandemic.

Nearly 500 families across the United States joined the NFFF for our Shine Your Light for Firefighters, which asked members of the community to light their homes in red to show their support for firefighters.  U.S. fire departments, public buildings, corporations and families in Canada and the United Kingdom also joined the movement. We thank everyone who participated, shared in their communities, and sent photos of their tribute.

Shine Your Light for Firefighters

In addition to sharing light during these dark times, kids and adults sheltering at home during the pandemic worked together to create and share a firefighter thank you. Heartfelt notes, drawings, and art projects also celebrated the tireless work of our community heroes.  These simple acts of kindness helped boost everyone’s spirits and let our firefighters know that they matter. The Foundation has created a special Facebook group so you can share a thank you anytime you wish and invite others to join us in acknowledging the important work of firefighters in the community.

Share a Firefighter Thank You

On the evenings of May 4th and 5th, vocalists Tyler Braden and Craig Wayne Boyd sang live from their homes in special performances on our NFFF Facebook page. Their music not only entertained us at the end of a long day, but it also helped bring us together in hope.  We sincerely appreciate Tyler and Craig’s support of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and for firefighters everywhere and thank them for sharing their talents with us.