Today May 4 is International Firefighters Day.

UFUSA International Firefighters Day

Each day firefighters act to protect life, property, and the environment in our community.

International Firefighters Day is a day where current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions, and we also remember firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The day was originally created in 1999 to honour 5 Australian firefighters who died fighting a bushfire.

The date is chosen for International Firefighters’ Day as it is the feast day of St Florian (the patron saint of all firefighters). St Florian was the first known commander of one firefighting squad in the Roman Empire.

This year we reflect on the tragic news from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. The UFUSA offers its condolences to our Queensland Colleagues and the crew members, family, and friends of First-Class Firefighter Izabella Nash. Sadly, she passed away following a factory fire at Slacks Creek. Our thoughts are with Second Firefighter, Lisa Drew who remains in hospital.

As firefighters we remember all firefighters in who have died in the line of duty, including our friends and colleagues who contracted cancer from their work. The UFU will be attending the rededication ceremony of Fireman Herbert Heger’s burial site.

Fireman Heger lost his life in the line of duty in 1914 after attending a furniture factory in fire in Rundle Street Kent Town .

The MFS wall of remembrance at Adelaide Station, may be a place of reflection today .

We believe that all workers have the right to return safely home to their families at the end of their shift. Our commitment remains to fight for the highest standards of workplace safety , PPE , training and equipment . Our union will work to ensure that if injured firefighters will receive the highest support and care.

On International Firefighters Day we thank you for your courage, commitment, and solidarity that you show serving our community.

In solidarity

Today May 4 is International Firefighters Day.

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