On May 4, 2022, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will be joining in the observance of International Firefighters’ Day, which began on May 4, 1999, after the deaths of five Australian firefighters in a wildland fire. Since that time, International Firefighters’ Day is held every May 4th to recognize the work and sacrifice of firefighters across the globe in keeping their communities safe. We have all been moved by the images of children, families, and the elderly impacted by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. There have also been images reminding us of the strength and bravery of firefighters and emergency service workers responding to the needs of their communities under the worst of circumstances. On May 4, 2022, the world celebrates International Firefighters Day. This is a way to say thank you, to you, our firefighters, for all that you do and to remember those firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The NFFF invites your department and communities to celebrate International Firefighters’ Day. Here are some ways you can help us celebrate International Firefighters’ Day:
Shine Your Light for Firefighters: The NFFF is asking fire departments, communities, and buildings to light up in “red” on May 4th. Lighting up in “red” would be a symbol of support to all of those who are there 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to protect us. Please let us know if you will be participating by filling out our form at https://www.firehero.org/international-firefighters-day/shine-your-light-for-firefighters/. We also ask that you share stories and photos with us on social media using #Shine4Firefighters.
Share a Firefighter Thank You: 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 them to draw, color, and share their 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, 2022, to raise spirits and celebrate firefighters everywhere.