International Firefighters Day

You may be aware that today is International Firefighters’ Day which is observed each year on 4th May. On this date we are invited to remember the past firefighters who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all. At the same time, support and appreciation is shown to the firefighters worldwide, who continue to protect us so well throughout the year. 

International Firefighters’ Day is a time where the world’s community can recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that our communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contribution and service. 

Albert Greenman Dedication Memorial Service

This morning we will be attending the Albert Greenman Dedication Memorial Service at West Terrace Cemetery. The Service will mark the completion of restoration works to the unmarked grave of Firefighter Albert Greenman (pictured right), who was one of three firefighters killed in the line of duty while attending the SS “City of Singapore” ship fire at Port Adelaide on 26 April 1924. Whilst the other two firefighters, James Hickey (Adelaide Station) and George Anderson (Port Adelaide Station), are buried at the Cheltenham Cemetery and recognised by an impressive marble monument (left), Albert Greenman (Adelaide Station) has laid in an unmarked grave since his burial. Today’s ceremony will ensure that Firefighter Albert Greenman is afforded appropriate recognition for both his military and fire brigade service as well as providing an opportunity to recognise the selfless dedication, bravery, and efforts of firefighters worldwide. Vale Albert, James and George. 

The date of International Firefighters’ Day coincides with the feast day of Saint Florian, the patron saint of firefighters. Saint Florian was found to be the first known commander of a firefighting squad in the Roman Empire in 300 AD and was credited as a powerful protector from the dangers of fire and water. Therefore May 4th has been celebrated as traditional Firefighter’s Day in the many European countries. It is also called as a Day of Fire Service or St Florian’s Day, and it has been a tradition for more than 150 years in Europe. Today you are all in our thoughts. 

“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 

Thank you all. 

In solidarity 

 Max Adlam – Secretary 


For Firefighters, helping people comes very naturally; we are people who care about our community. We are active people who need to be physically fit as part of our job but unfortunately too many of us are all too familiar with cancer, due to the exposure to carcinogens in our workplace and the density of this scourge across the population. 

This is why we have a long history with this great event “The Mother’s Day Classic” raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Research , and we are calling for any last minute entries to join the team this coming Sunday . 

As always, the UFU is supplying the distinctive Mother’s Day Firefighters’ T-shirts or UFU running singlets to participants (for those of you who do not already have one). 

Mother’s Day Classic 2021 details: 

  • Sunday 9th May 
  • There will be a staggering of start times for participants to allow for social distancing, this allows SAMFS crews a greater opportunity to participate! 
  • Run or walk a variety of distances starting from Elder Park , King William Rd Adelaide. 
  • Join the United Firefighters Union of SA/SAMFS team 
  • Email your shirt sizes and your event entry receipt to to arrange to pick up before the day. 

To register: 

1. Log onto the Mother’s Day Classic website 

2. Click on “REGISTER NOW” and enter as an individual or family and input your details 

3. IMPORTANT – On the Team tab click ‘join a team’ and search for “United Firefighters Union of SA/ SAMFS” and click continue 

5. Follow the remaining instructions to complete your registration(s) to our team. 

Your Team Captains this year are S/O Carly White, S/O Stefan Kirkmoe and F/F Gen Rueger who are happy to provide further information as required (Carly can be contacted on 0413 141 125). 

We hope to see as many members and your families (including fur babies) at the event as possible. 

In solidarity 

Chas Thomas – President – 0413 002 656


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