International Firefighters Day

International Firefighters Day 2021| What You Should Know

Firefighters dedicate their lives to protecting life and property. That dedication can be a volunteer for countless hours over the years, or it can be a selfless year of working in the industry. In all cases, it jeopardizes the ultimate sacrifice of the firefighters lives.

International Firefighters Day (IFFD) is celebrated on May 4 each year to recognize and respect the sacrifices for the global community made by firefighters to create a safe community and the environment as possible. It is also a time to appreciate the contributions of firefighters now and in the past.

On International Firefighters Day, you are invited to memorize past firefighters who died while serving our community or devoting their lives to the safety of all of us. At the same time, On International Firefighters Day, we can express our support and gratitude to firefighters around the world who protect us throughout the year.

firefighters rescue mission
Firefighter Rescue Child

People can express their appreciation to firefighters around the world by proudly wearing pinned blue and red ribbons for display and attending awards and commemorative events. The International Firefighters Day tape is linked to a color that symbolizes the key elements that firefighters work within red for fire and blue for water. These colors are also internationally recognized for representing emergency services.

In addition to celebrating International Firefighters Day, a special time to stop and look back at firefighters sacrifices is held every year on the first Sunday of May at noon local time. The fire siren will sound for 30 seconds, then silent for 1 minute, respecting all firefighters who Lost on duty or passed away in front of us. This is known as “sound off”.

History of the International Firefighters Day

The first organized professionals whose job was to fight building fires lived in ancient Egypt. However, at that time, firefighters worked for private companies that only served those who could afford it. Later in ancient Rome, Caesar Augustus revolutionized firefighting by creating trained, paid, and equipped by the state firefighting team and named as Vigiles.

Voluntary Firefighter Society 20th anniversary celebration

In 1999 five firefighters died due to capture in flames after a sudden change in wind direction in an Australian wildfire. International firefighters day is celebrated on May 4 because it is Saint Florian’s day that was named for memorized by one of the first commanding firefighters of an actual Roman battalion who saved many lives. Once Saint Florian has saved an entire burning village in Ancient Rome.

The incident that led to the creation of this date occurred on December 2, 1998, in the Lynton community of Australia. This event was so tragic that it shook all over the world. Lynton is a highly-populated area of Victoria, Australia, and firefighters at the time engaged in large-scale wildfires. They sought mutual help; thus, the Geelong Westfre Brigade arrived at the scene for assistance. However, they did not know the tragedy and despair that was awaiting them.

Matthew Armstrong, Jason Thomas, Stuart Davidson, Chris Evans, and Garry Vredeveldt were loaded onto the truck. They were sent to help extinguish the flames as part of the strike team. But as they headed to the hot zone, the wind suddenly turned, the truck burned, and all five members died. In the end, many other firefighters died at the scene.

Shortly after the tragic event, a firefighter named JJ Edmondson sent an email to a colleague calling for an international holiday celebrating the sacrifice and victory of firefighters around the world. On May 4, the entire world celebrated the first International Firefighters Day to celebrate firefighters and all they do for us. 

Fire firefighter dies during their service in 2020

Firemens Monument
Firemen’s Memorial (Boston) by John A. Wilson

image: By Hantsheroes

According to the US Fire Department, 2020 ended with a total of 96 active deaths. This number should increase slightly based on the deaths of firefighters who contributed to COVID-19 and the news that West Virginia Air National Guard firefighters had died by the end of the year.

Annual totals are affected by coronavirus-related deaths. One-third of the 96 firefighters listed by the USFA, or 35, died from the virus and six were directly involved in the structural manipulation of the fire (attack, search, ventilation), and five died inside a burning structure. Since only one firefighter died in a burning structure, the fire department set a record low in the subcategory in 2020, although the total was higher than the previous year.

Deaths from indoor firefighting were ranked low in 2020 activity. Tasks at the station, emergency medical services / patient care, and others were in the top three, primarily due to pandemic-related deaths, heart attacks, cardiac arrests, and deaths from stroke. 

Symbol and Significance of International Firefighters Day

One of the most important symbols of International Firefighters Day is the red and blue ribbons known as IFFD ribbons. The ribbon is cut exactly 1 cm wide and 5 cm long, with two colors combined at the top. Blue and red were selected by JJ Edmondson for their color-related symbolism. Blue is designed to represent water, while a red represents fire. Not only this, the two colors are recognized throughout the world as a symbol of paramedics and emergency services. Hence, it was no other matches than these two colors. 

firefighters day symbol

Tape is typically used for creases in shirt fabric or collars. But, this is not limited to a specific place. Anyone can wear that as your appropriate feeling it would be part of your shirt or your cap, for instance. Most people place the symbol on their car mirrors or windows and trees in their garden. It doesn’t matter if you stick or not these ribbons. These ribbons are a simple and effective way to show support for firefighters around the world. The day is characterized by remembering those who lost their lives saving people and property, fighting fires, and paying tribute to those who serve the city.

How to celebrate the International Firefighters Day

International Firefighters Day began with the deaths of five wild firefighters, but it is not the only recognized aspect of the service. IFFD recognizes everyone in paramedics’ careers. Dangerous goods specialists, fire prevention specialists, paid firefighters, volunteer firefighters, wild firefighters, heavy equipment operators/mechanics, emergency medical technicians, and much more. Some of these tasks may seem trivial. However, if all sectors of the emergency services are not combined, one cannot survive without the other. Therefore, International Firefighters Day is a time to celebrate all members of the emergency services.

There are many great ways to celebrate International Firefighters Day. Best of all, this day is to show our appreciation for their services, risks, and sacrifices, so find a way for your local firefighters to know for sure how much you care about them. !! As always, counting and small gestures are considered very helpful, so it’s a good idea to take the cake to the fire department. People can also consider donating money to one of many firefighting charities. Some of them help injured firefighters get the treatment they need and regain their health. A firefighter charity helps retired firefighters and their families live a comfortable life after years of risk for us.

People also wear red and blue headbands, which are the colors of water and fire, to raise awareness of the dangers firefighters face bravely every day. On International Firefighters Day, many different crafts are created based on the symbol of the day. Putting on a headband, baking a cake, or donating a few dollars to a charity may not seem like a particularly impressive gesture. Still, it is a tireless effort for the community.

In many countries, people celebrate local firefighters as national heroes or gods, saving many lives and properties from natural and forced disasters by sacrificing those lives. Schools and other educational institutes organize posters, poems, and essay campaigns to inform the importance of firefighters to society. 

You can also use this International Firefighters Day to learn about firefighter heroes in your area or around the world. All you need to do is a fast internet search, and you can read the stories of some incredible heroic firefighters. It attracts the global attention of few recent events: two firefighting heroes saving a newborn baby from the building’s incineration, two tragic Glenfell Tower fires, and the Australian bushfires. 

In this upcoming International Firefighters Day, you can pray for them and show your gratitude for their sacrifices for saving the world. 

International Firefighters Day 2020

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation participated in the first global firefighters celebration on May 4, 2020. This day of recognition is at the core of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Their mission is to honor, remember, and help rebuild family life and prevent firefighters from being injured or died in honor of the fallen firefighters. 

On International Firefighters Day 2020, people met to celebrate firefighters around the world and appreciate them for their service. People were informed about lighting their homered, making a sign of gratitude, or see a special compliment online, let the firefighters know how much they mean to our community. Through the generous support of the Foundation’s # Give2NFFFNow campaign, citizens also helped the deaths of deaths in the line of duty and the families and firefighters affected by this global pandemic. 

Nearly 500 families in the United States participated in the NFFF. They participated in the “Shine Your Light for Firefighters” program of International Firefighters Day in 2020, which asked community members to illuminate their homes red to show support for firefighters. US fire departments, public buildings, businesses, and families in Canada and the UK also participated in the movement. Thanks to everyone who participated, shared with the community and sent me photos of compliments.

In addition to sharing light during the night, children and adults who evacuated home during the pandemic cooperated to create and share firefighters. Thank you very much. Inspirational notes, paintings, and art projects also celebrated the tireless efforts of the heroes of our community. These kind and straightforward acts helped lift everyone’s spirits and inform firefighters that they were important. The Foundation has created a particular group on Facebook to share your gratitude and invite others to recognize the important work of firefighters in the community.

International Firefighters Day 2021

Organizers have planned to held the International Firefighters Day on May 4 in 2021, in the Facebook live event as the first-ever trivia night for testing and teaching about the International Firefighters Day and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In addition to that following online events will be carried out.


To commemorate International Firefighters Day, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) calls on us to join on May 4, 2021, to illuminate our homes in red and celebrate firefighters. Change the porch lights and share the # Shine4Firefighters story on social media. We thank all the firefighters on the front line every day, and they keep us safe.

shine your lights for firefighters
lights up the night to remember fallen firefighters



Celebrate International Firefighters Day, May 4, and post your photos on the firefighters social media platform that is important to you with the hashtag #ThisIsMyFirefighter. We should be incredibly honored when the Fire Hero family community uploaded photos with their firefighters because Firefighters play a significant l role in providing a better community in the country.


When you are at home, many of you look for ways to help and show gratitude to those who keep us healthy and safe. Thanks to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Children and adults who want firefighters to know that we are grateful for everything organizers to encourage you to draw, color, and share your feelings. 

International Firefighters Day poster



Thank past and present firefighters around the world and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting their communities by sharing International Firefighters Day on social media and online.

Source  National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

International Firefighters Day quotes

The role of a firefighter in today’s society–be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defense force, aviation, motorsport, 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, firefighter, and creator of International Firefighters Day

Firefighters are some of the most selfless public servants you will ever encounter

Denis Leary

One thing that’s great about firefighters: If they don’t have the equipment they desperately need, they don’t have the help, they don’t care. They’ll do it on their own.

Denis Leary

I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even of supreme sacrifice.

Chief Edward F. Croker

Every firefighter knows that he is always susceptible to this type of tragedy. They go to work every day knowing that they are doing something so positive, that people really respect them and appreciate them.

Thomas Von Essen

But aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown. To our noble hearted Firemen, who fear not danger’s frown.

Fredric G. W. Fenn

Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved.

Susan Diane Murphree

The innovative leader has to be an arsonist and a firefighter.

Paul Sloane